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Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyate plus Eki Shola

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Raven Performing Arts Theater

115 North Street

Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Habib Koité & Bassekou Kouyate

Opening Act: Eki Shola

Raven Performing Arts Theater

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Doors: 7pm, Opener 7:30-8:15pm,Main Act: 8:30-10pm

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Reserved Seating & General Admission Floor

Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate exemplify responsibility and shared experience associated with the historical, cultural, and unifying properties of Malian music. One of Africa’s most recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal because Koité‘s musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. In a collaboration that differs from any in today’s industry, Koité will be performing with fellow Malian Bassekou Kouyate, a master of the olden lute known as the Ngoni. The effortlessly talented, Grammy-nominated “Ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate can make notes bend like light rays in the desert heat (Time Out magazine).” Kouyate’s knowledge and comfortability in a vast array of musical settings actively complements his counterpart’s presence. Recently, Bassekou’s involvement with the critically acclaimed film ‘Mali Blues’ and his exceptional recording have earned him a recognition throughout the world. Over the past decade, Koité’s artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, delighting audiences the world over, and placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music. This collaboration brings innovation and a sense of togetherness to the upcoming season.

Eki Shola:

Eki Shola (Eh-key sounds like Becky without the B, Show-lah): I am a gift from God. Seriously, that is the meaning of Eki. Truthfully, I was a little deflated when 20+ years later I traveled to Japan and kept seeing “Eki” at every train stop. Eki means station in Japanese.

RSMF black and white photo 300 DPI of Eki Shola by Jason Baldwin

Born in London and given a Nigerian name by Jamaican parents, we later emigrated to New York in the late 1980s. I feel that Jamaica is my cultural roots; London the place where I remember my childhood memories; and New York City the place that offered amazing gritty life adventures. For now, California is my current abode – a beautiful place with an abundance of glorious weather.

My main love is music and as a keyboardist and singer, I enjoy sharing my music with others. As a solo artist, I composed, produced and released my debut album, Final Beginning, on August 20, 2016. This year I will be releasing my Pieces trilogy album, with the first album, Possible, to be released on 2/22/19.

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