• Thursday, Mar 1, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Presents Cheikh Lô, the Celebrate Senegalese Singer, Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist, in Zankel Hall on Friday, April 20

    Photo by Youri Lenquette.
    Program Information
    Friday, April 20 at 10:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    , Vocals, Guitar, Timbal
    Samba N´Dokh, Congas, Tama
    Baye Mahanta Diop, Guitar
    Thierno Sarr, Bass
    Khadim M’Baye, Sabar
    Wilfrid Zinssou, Trombone, Saxophone
    Ndiaye Badou, Drums

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.
    On Friday, April 20 at 10:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, singer and songwriter Cheikh Lô—also an accomplished guitarist, percussionist, and drummer—performs his distinctive music, drawn from his Senegalese heritage, and influenced by his devotion to the Baye Fall religious movement, and a variety of world music genres. Lô is joined by Samba N´Dokh (Congas/Tama), Baye Mahanta Diop (Guitar), Thierno Sarr (Bass), Khadim M’Baye (Sabar), Wilfrid Zinssou (Trombone/Saxophone), and Ndiaye Badou (Drums) for this concert, which is presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with the World Music Institute.

    The concert will feature songs from Cheikh Lô’s 2010 Nonesuch-released record Jamm, which Q Magazine called “true global music to make anyone feel better.” Jamm, meaning “peace” in the Senegalese language of Wolof, hearkens back to Lô’s roots, and presents his most mature sound to date. The album builds on Lô’s unique style of music, distilled from a variety of influences including mbalax (the popular dance music from Senegal and The Gambia), funk, Cuban jazz, flamenco, and reggae. About his music, Lô states, “Musically, I’m very open to new ideas, new colors. That’s the source of the variety in my music. I could compress myself, box myself up, and adhere strictly to some notion of what Senegalese music should be. But I want my music to touch people all over the world, to travel all over the world, to communicate with the world.”

    To view a short film about the making of Jamm, including excerpts of songs from the album and a live performance in Dakar, please click here.

    Prior to Cheikh Lô’s performance, starting at 9:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience in the Zankel Hall lounge, and meet others who share their passion for music. The first 200 concert-goers to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

    About The Artist
    Cheikh Lô is considered one of the great mavericks of African music. A singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist, and drummer, he has personalized a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is his own. Born in 1955 to Senegalese parents in Burkina Faso, Lô grew up speaking Bambara (the main language of Mali), Wolof (the main language of Senegal), and French. From an early age, he was only interested in music and ran away from school to teach himself guitar and percussion on borrowed instruments. His first cassette, Doxandeme ("Immigrants"), on which he sang about the experience of being Senegalese abroad, was released in 1990 and earned him the "Nouveau Talent" award in Dakar. The following year, he started to work on the compositions for his next album.

    Lô continued to develop his repertoire, and upon hearing Lô’s new songs, renowned African singer Youssou N’Dour immediately agreed to produce his next project. In August 1995, they went to work on the album Ne La Thiass which was released internationally in 1996. His early performances of this material prompted rave reviews, with the Times of London describing Lô as "a rare talent destined to become one of world music’s biggest stars," and the Guardian calling him "a compelling performer with energy and personality to match that of the early Bob Marley.” In 1997, when the album had its North American release on Nonesuch Records, Lô was named Best Newcomer at the Kora All-African Awards in South Africa, and the following year he toured the US as part of the Africa-Fête line-up that included Salif Keita and Papa Wemba. In 1999, he received the prestigious Ordre National de Merite de Léon from the President of Senegal. Lô’s subsequent albums incorporated elements of Cuban son and funk (Bambay Gueej in 1999) and Brazilian sounds and rhythms (Lamp Fall in 2005).

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    Ticket Information
    Single tickets, priced at $34 and $40, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or online by visiting carnegiehall.org.

    For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.
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