Afro-pop superstar Salif Keita makes his Savannah debut with his bold, electric sound. Keita blends the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood and other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal together with ones from Cuba, Spain and Portugal. He performs on the kora, balafon and djembe and other traditional African instruments that he also synthesizes and samples.
“Keita’s voice is remarkable in itself. It’s high, bracing purity is heightened by a unique phrasing that combines fulltilt warrior strength and the sensual lilt of the Brazilian samba.” –Rolling Stone The show is expected to run approximately 90 minutes and will take place April 8, at 8 p.m.
The Savannah Music Festival (SMF) is dedicated to presenting a world-class celebration of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah.
It is Georgia’s largest musical arts event and one of the most distinctive cross-genre music festivals in the world. In addition to an array of musical performances that includes dance, film, and narrative programs, the festival operates year-round to produce youth concerts, lectures, inschool touring programs, recordings, a weekly radio series, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, and interactive websites.In recent years, SMF has premiered numerous commissioned pieces including.
The Festival remains committed to producing a superlative musical event that advances the public’s understanding and appreciation of music through a variety of educational initiatives. SMF produces free educational programs for schoolchildren in Chatham and surrounding counties in an effort to help teachers and students gain a more profound understanding of the musical arts.