Baaba Maal: Senegalese Musician at the Hollywood Bowl, with Yeasayer and Tinariwen
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A dazzling who's who of Hollywood and Broadway talent will come together for this special benefit concert at The Pasadena Playhouse to help raise money to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following November's devastating typhoon. Performers donating their time and remarkable talents include Lea Thompson (Cabaret, NBC's Caroline in the City), Loretta Devine (Dreamgirls), Sam Harris (The Producers), Nicole Parker (Wicked), Gwen Stewart (Rent), Valerie Perri (Evita, Gypsy) and many more. Proceeds will support the American Red Cross' Typhoon Appeal and its efforts to assist overseas as the people of the Philippines begin to recover and rebuild. Please see the full event description for a complete list of scheduled performers. Learn More
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- “What is Afro-pop? For Baaba Maal, it’s a technotilted band of beatmaking and ecstatic harmonies; for Yeasayer, it’s electroinfused desert disco…each artist at this festival underscores the diversity of the continent’s influence on music today.” --Los Angeles Times
- For more information and song clips from the artists, visit their websites: Baaba Maal; Playing for Change; Yeasayer; Tinariwen; and Fool's Gold.
Baaba Maal --“I think the musician’s role is to give advice, to warn people, and to make them aware of what they might not have thought of themselves. We use melodies and harmonies to make songs enter your mind.” So declares the celebrated Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal of the songs on Television, his multilingual album, released in June 2009. With its subtle blending of electronic dance elements with the timeless tradition of West African musical traditions, the record is a groundbreaking successor to 2001’s Grammy-nominated Missing You, released the year Baaba closed the South Africa Freedom Mandela Concert in London’s Trafalgar Square and headlined at the Hollywood Bowl.
Playing for Change -- Playing for Change is an extraordinary effort to unite musicians and vocalists from diverse parts of the globe, while at the same time seeking to immerse audiences in a multimedia movement to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, Playing for Change (PFC) records musicians outdoors in cities and townships worldwide. They’ve travelled from post-Katrina New Orleans to post-apartheid South Africa, from the remote beauty of the Himalayas to the religious diversity of Jerusalem.
Yeasayer -- Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut, All Hour Cymbals (2007), Yeasayer has been around the world and back again. Inspired by musicians hell-bent on sonic experimentation as well as those more comfortable in a pop context, Yeasayer found their domain spanning across the musical spectrum. Studied, road-worn, and eager to begin Phase Two, Yeasayer retreated to upstate New York to begin work on their new album, titled Odd Blood (released February 2, 2010).
Tinariwen -- Tinariwen are guitar-poets from the southern Sahara desert on the World Village label. They are icons of freedom and resistance among their own people, the nomadic Touareg of the Sahara. The word tinariwen is the plural of ténéré, which simply means “desert” in Tamashek, the language of the Touareg.
Fool's Gold -- Fool's Gold is a Los Angeles collective that weaves together western pop aesthetics with African rhythms and melodies. The group started as a side project of two young L.A. musicians, vocalist/bassist Luke Top and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov, who set out to explore their shared love of various forms of African music (specifically Congolese, Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Malian), Krautrock, and ’80s dance-influenced pop music.