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Cheick Hamala Diabate with MV & EE

Shaki Presents
UNDER 21 WITH GUARDIAN

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Cheick Hamala Diabate

MV & EE

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The State House

310 State St

New Haven, CT 06510

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Amazing evening of beautiful African griot music and Vermont psychedelia!

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Friday June 14, 2019

Cheick Hamala Diabete

MV & EE

8pm

$15 advance / $20 day of show

Cheick Hamala Diabete

Washington may be chock-a-block with lobbyists and consultants, but only one of them rocks the n’goni, the West African plucked lute covered with animal skin. He advises presidents and the World Bank. He’s played for everyone from a struggling couple trying to save their marriage, to the U.S. Congress. He’s hobnobbed with American string and Blues legends—from Bela Fleck to Corey Harris—and along the way reunited his beloved instrument with its long-lost grandchild, America’s banjo.

“The music we griots play is not just about making nice sounds for dancing, it’s about giving a lesson to people about their lives. You tell them about what their grandfathers did, and what they should do now,” explains Diabate, whose griot roots run deep as first cousin to kora master Toumani Diabate, and nephew to legendary Super Rail Band guitarist, Djelimady Tounkara. “People trust the griot more than anyone else.”

Though Diabate may stick to the old-school roles of the griot, his music embraces the panoply of sound he discovered in America, taking him beyond the traditional trio of griot instruments: the n’goni, kora (gourd harp), andbalafon (wooden xylophone). He has long explored the connection between America’s traditions and his own griot roots. Like many American string players, including Bela Fleck with whom Diabate has collaborated and performed, Diabate noticed the eerie resemblance of his trusty n’goni and the banjo. In 2007, Diabate’s collaboration with banjo player Bob Carlin, “From Mali to America” (5-String Productions), led to a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album. Yet while many American musicians have traveled to West Africa or picked up the n’goni—thanks in part to Diabate’s introductions and instruction—few African musicians have explored the possibilities of the banjo.

Despite his love of new sounds, Diabate knows that the griot remains the same, regardless of whether he’s singing under the WashingtonMonument, or in the shadow of a Bamako minaret (both of which are pictured on the Ake Doni Doni album cover). “When someone is lazy, they see the griot and change their ways. The griot gives you the way you have to go,” Diabate muses. “Even the president never makes a decision without the griot.” -Excerpted from All About Jazz / rock paper scissors, 8/11/09

http://cheickhamala.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykEnSrhinvs&t=835s

MV & EE

Beyond excited to announce the long-anticipated return of our favorite power couple, Matt Valentine and Erika Elder aka MV & EE. That's correct, you read right. It has been many years, and so much has happened. It's time to catch up! For the uninitiated (are there still some out there???):

Vermont-based guitarists and vocalists Matt “MV” Valentine and Erika Elder have created a massive body of recordings over the past decade-plus, first as a textural outgrowth of the shambolic communal ensemble Tower Recordings, and more recently plugging into a heavier electrified approach. While originally a duo, MV & EE have recruited a variety of peers and appeared under such monikers as The MV & EE Medicine Show, MV/EE and The Bummer Road, MV/EE and The Golden Road, and MV/EE and The Golden Smokehound. Deadhead aesthetics often permeate; they have released multiple CD-R sets of live jams presented like the taper’s choice, referenced figures like Keith and Donna Godchaux or (obviously) 1968 Dead debut opener “The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion),” and even covered Dead-songbook classics like “Fire on the Mountain.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FVg_jppB5A

https://mvandee.blogspot.com

thee lovelies, MV & EE

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Cheick Hamala Diabate

MV & EE

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The State House

310 State St

New Haven, CT 06510

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