A high spirited meeting of veteran performers from West Africa and America, Fula Brothers weave West African hunters harp, fingerstyle guitar, drums, and vocals into an ecstatic groove based dialogue which the heart – and the feet – cannot resist. Master kamale ngoni player, Mamadou Sidibe, is from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa. 25 years ago, he played a groundbreaking role in the transformation of this region’s music from its origins in hunters’ sacred melodies to a music of philosophy, politics, and daily life. Mamadou, with artists Coumba Sidibe and Oumou Sangare, spread the new sounds through Europe, Africa, and the US. Fingerstyle guitarist Walter Strauss’s rousing multi-layered style draws on cultural guitar traditions – Spanish, American roots, classical, jazz. He has performed from New York to Glasgow and Bamako, and his collaborators have ranged from Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate to Cuban violinist-songwriter Tanmy Lopez Moreno and Scottish fiddler Johnny Hardie.
1 pm Friday Sierra Stage