Duke Performances regrets to announce that Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté’s April 2018 North American tour, including their engagement at Duke Performances scheduled for Monday, April 16, has been cancelled due to serious illness. Tickets purchased with a credit card will be refunded to the card of purchase within three business days. Tickets purchased via check payment will receive a check reimbursement sent to the address on record within six weeks.
Monday, April 16, 2018 | 8 PM
Tickets: $42 • $36 • $20 Ages 30 & Under • $10 Duke Students
Malian virtuoso and two-time GRAMMY winner Toumani Diabaté marked the thirtieth year of his recording career in 2017, a benchmark for one of the world’s most remarkable musicians. The master of the wonderfully hypnotic twenty-one-string kora, Diabaté represents the seventy-first generation in a line of West African griots that stretches back seven centuries. Known for his ability to beautifully render melody, rhythm, and bass simultaneously, he has collaborated with Björk, Herbie Hancock, and Béla Fleck; exposed international audiences to the kora’s mesmerizing melodies; and advocated for compassion for his country.
In fact, the current crisis and conflict in Mali, which has included a jihadist takeover and a military coup, prompted Toumani to recruit his son, the Malian hip-hop star Sidiki, to record an album of kora duets in 2014. An approachable listen that digs back into the kora tradition with bold renditions of songs excavated from obscure field recordings, Toumani & Sidiki earned unanimously ecstatic praise. Described by The Guardian as the best collaboration of Toumani’s career since his groundbreaking work with Ali Farka Touré and by NPR as “magical,” it is a joyous document of one of music’s ancient traditions made new.
Made possible, in part, with support from the Duke Africa Initiative, a faculty-led initiative that brings together scholars from across the University & Health System who have a shared interest, whether through their research or programmatic activities, in the countries & cultures of the African continent.
Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. $10 Duke student tickets and $20 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.