One of the iconic voices of West Africa, Senegalese singer-songwriter-guitarist Baaba Maal long has championed a distinctive style that fuses myriad strains of African and Western pop, soul, blues, and reggae. His keening voice and lyrics often addressing spiritual concerns in multiple languages are key unifying elements as, for instance, he flirted with swamp blues, moody Euro-pop, and electronica on 2009's Television. Maal is also an activist on a variety of humanitarian causes, including the welfare of African children and women, something he will likely address in this unusual appearance, dubbed Tales from the Sahel (the sub-Sahara semi-arid belt that traverses Africa from northern Senegal to the Red Sea). Maal will talk about his experiences and issues of the day with English journalist Chris Salewicz, interspersing the discussion with performances with multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and percussionist Mamadou Sarr. (Photo by Tyrone Le Bon)
Sat., Oct. 15, 7 p.m., 2011
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