Amadou & Mariam at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Amadou & Mariam at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Amadou & Mariam at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Prospect Park Bandshell | Prospect Park | Park Slope

Celebrate! Brooklyn presents Amadou & Mariam, music with the Afro-blues sound that has made this blind husband-and-wife duo one of West Africa’s finest musical exports, on Friday, July 21, 2017, FREE at the Prospect Park Bandshell.

AMADOU & MARIAM's 2012 album, Folila, which featured guest spots by Santigold and TV On The Radio, among others, was hailed by NME as "a great chuffing masterstroke of genre mixing." But amid the experimentalism, their music still sparkles with the Afro-blues sound that has made this blind husband-and-wife duo one of West Africa's finest musical exports since their emergence in the 1980s. Distorted guitars, orchestral elements, and even French house beats combine with the traditional Malian instrumentation of their upbringing to form the band's unmistakable tapestry of sound. Of their latest single, Pitchfork writes, "Amadou and Mariam know just how to balance the weight of the message with the pull of the dance floor."

The thunderous New York City collective INNOV GNAWA builds upon Morocco's gnawa tradition with clattering, hypnotic rhythms, led by Maalem (Master) Hassan Ben Jaafer of Fez and cited by Brooklyn Magazine as one of "Five Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene." To kick things off, the "seductively tuneful" (The New York Times) Sudanese indie rocker AHMED GALLAB, better known by his stage name Sinkane, will spin records.

 

Amadou & Mariam / Innov Gnawa / Ahmed Gallab DJ Set
July 21, 2017 · 7:30PM
@Prospect Park Bandshell · FREE

Amadou & Mariam's music sparkles with the Afro-blues sound that has made this blind husband-and-wife duo one of West Africa’s finest musical exports.

Celebrate Brooklyn! One Of New York City's Longest Running, FREE, Outdoor Performing Arts Festivals.

Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.

All BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free! The festival attracts upwards of 250,000 attendees from across New York City to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer.

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