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Thursday, July 28

Songhoy Blues

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

8:00pm

Fusing guitar-based rock, hip-hop, and R&B, Songhoy Blues recall iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Tour as much as The Black Keys. Songhoy Blues formed in 2012, when political unrest in northern Mali forced young men and families to flee south to Bamako. In an effort to find joy in a time of crisis, the four-piece band began performing in bars and clubs throughout Bamako and soon landed an audition with French producer Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, Knaan). Their critically hailed debut album, Music in Exile, produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Moreau, pays homage to the history, traditions, and struggles of the Songhoy people of Mali, while evoking the traditional and the modern, the youthful and the ancient, the exotic and the familiar. According to the Guardian, "They have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes."

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Sinkane

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

8:00pm

Experience the effortless appeal of Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Sinkane. Both nostalgic and ultramodern, Sinkane’s music fuses free jazz, shoegaze, krautrock, Sudanese pop, and funk, inviting audiences to move and make connections together.

Born in London and raised in Sudan and Ohio, Sinkane (a.k.a. Ahmed Gallab) has performed with such celebrated bands as Caribou, Yeasayer, and Of Montreal. In 2014, he released his most recent album, Mean Love, described as “outstanding, style-hopping pop” by the Guardian. He also served as the musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, a series of performances paying tribute to the title Nigerian synth-pop musician. Damon Albarn, David Byrne, Money Mark, and Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, among others, contributed to the series.

At the Skirball, Sinkane will perform tracks from both his forthcoming album and his extensive back catalogue.

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Songhoy Blues`

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

8:00pm

Fusing guitar-based rock, hip-hop, and R&B, Songhoy Blues recall iconic West African guitar heroes like Baba Salah and Ali Farka Touré as much as The Black Keys.

Songhoy Blues formed in 2012, when political unrest in northern Mali forced young men and families to flee south to Bamako. In an effort to find joy in a time of crisis, the four-piece band began performing in bars and clubs throughout Bamako and soon landed an audition with French producer Marc-Antoine Moreau (Amadou & Mariam, K’naan). Their critically hailed debut album, Music in Exile, produced by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Moreau, pays homage to the history, traditions, and struggles of the Songhoy people of Mali, while evoking the traditional and the modern, the youthful and the ancient, the exotic and the familiar. According to the Guardian, “They have all the makings of African-rock crossover heroes.”

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Copland & Marsalis

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood, CA 90068

8:00pm

A rising star is featured in a major new work by Wynton Marsalis, which draws on a rich, eclectic palette (orchestral, folk, jazz, blues, etc.) reflecting our countrys melting pot, in this vivid and stirring all-American program.

Presented by the LA Phil. For tickets and information, visit HollywoodBowl.com

Program:

Copland: An Outdoor Adventure

Marsalis: Violin Concerto (West Coast premiere, LA Phil commission)

Copland: Symphony No. 3

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