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Mosaic Music Festival - Salif Keita


Tue Mar 12 2013, 7:30pm

Where: Esplanade Concert Hall , 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $80.00
  • General Admission: $60.00
  • General Admission: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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A master of West African rhythms and one of the founders of the Afro-pop genre, Salif Keita is world renowned for his unforgettable live performances, soaring vocals and his emotionally-fuelled songs.

You can compartmentalise his career into three neat boxes. The first covers the singer's time in two of West Africa's finest bands of the 1970s—the mighty Super Rail Band de Bamako and the equally impeccable Les Ambassadeurs. But collective glory wasn't enough and box number two finds Keita heading north to Paris to score unimaginable success just as the initial waves of the world music boom became audible—his 1987 album Soro, with all its attendant state-of-the-art technology, propelled him onto the coffee tables of Europe and North America. The third but hopefully far from final career stage began when he headed home to Bamako at the turn of the millennium, building his own studio and recording a string of delightful acoustic records like Moffou and M'Bemba.

Yet the key thread stitching these three ages of the man together is his voice—one of the most golden sounds to emerge from West Africa in the past half-century.

Fuelled by the optimism that his own life has created within him, Keita aims to spread his message of hope through his music, actions, and his words. "Happiness isn't for tomorrow," he says. "It's not hypothetical; it starts here and now… Nature has given us extraordinary things… Let's take advantage of the wonders of this continent at last—intelligently, in our own way, at our own rhythm, like responsible men proud of their inheritance.”

Salif Keita returns in top form with a new record produced by Gotan Project's Philippe Cohen Solal which promises to be one of the cornerstones of his discography.