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    Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:17:59

    Baaba Maal to Embark on Speaking Dates in the US - He will discuss his personal experiences growing up in Africa

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    This October, Baaba Maal will be coming to the US to headline a series of speaking dates moderated by renowned music journalist and author Chris Salewicz. Baaba will discuss his personal experiences growing up in Africa and traveling the world, his views on issues facing Africa and the African diaspora, as well as other assorted issues of the day. During the course of the evening, Baaba will be playing some songs alongside multi-instrumentalist Jim Palmer and his longstanding percussionist Mamadou Sarr. This will be a unique and intimate event- an evening full of surprises.

    One of the true stars to rise from the African continent, Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal has been making music for the world to enjoy for nearly two decades. Renowned for his fiery vocal performances and his musical fusion of western sounds with the traditional beats and melodies of West Africa, Baaba Maal has earned immense critical acclaim and has continually reinforced his role as a seminal artist in the world music arena. His work has also extended beyond music and into the realms of humanitarian spokesperson through his role as youth emissary for the United Nation's Development Program and his outspoken stances on HIV/AIDS in Africa, the growing role of women on the continent and his support of youth-based initiatives to help Africa move into the new millennium.

    It's been roughly one year since Baaba Maal toured the US in support of his latest album, Television. This upcoming series of dates will give US audiences a different experience: the chance to hear Baaba's worldly insight and knowledge.

    Announced Tales From The Sahel Dates:

    Oct 5 Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
    Oct 6 Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's
    Oct 7 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
    Oct 8 Los Angeles, CA @ Univ of Southern California
    Oct 9 San Diego, CA @ Anthology
    Oct 11 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
    Oct 13 Denver, CO @ L2 Arts & Cultural Center
    Oct 15 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
    Oct 16 Chicago, IL @ Old Town School of Folk Music
    Oct 17 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
    Oct 18 Nelsonville, OH @ Smart's Opera House
    Oct 19 Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere
    Oct 21 New York, NY @ Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at PACE
    Oct 22 Blue Bell, PA @ Science Center Theatre
    Oct 23 Boston, MA @ ICA Theatre

    Are you going to check out a Baaba Maal speaking date?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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