The Graduate Center Elebash Hall
365 Fifth Avenue
(bet. 34th and 35th Streets)
Trains: B,D,F,M to 34th St.; 6 to 33rd St.
Tickets $25; $20 for Graduate Center Members and Students (contact 212-817-8215 for discount information)
Popularly known as "praise singers," griots also use their songs for gossip, satire, or political commentary. This show features Abdoulaye Diabate, Abdourahmane Mangara, Yacouba Diabate, Mamady Kouyate, Mamady Kourouma, Famoro Dioubate, and other griots from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. They will perform on guitar, timbin (flute), gambare (lute), ngoni (lute), kora (harp/lute), balafon (xylophone), and djembe (drum), and they will be joined by special guest vocalists. Curated by Sylvain Leroux.