Fri, August 8th

Awa Sangho with special Guests: Will Calhoun on Drums & Balla Kouyate on Balafon

TICKETS

Doors 9PM
Show 9:30PM
Advance Price $10 (SAVE 30% on dinner when you include a FULL DINNER for only $20 – details below)
Door Price $15
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door


Awa Sangho


Photo Credit to Kate Sterlin

Awa Sangho is a proud daughter and shining star of West Africa. Raised in the desert north of Mali, where her stunning voice was first recognized and celebrated, educated in Bamako, where she learned the trade of music, Awa established herself in Abidjan, the capital of music production in the region in the 1980s. There, she sang, danced, acted, and began to travel the world with the legendary Ensemble Koteba, and the women-led band she co-founded in 1993, Les Go de Koteba. All this was preamble to Awa’s move to New York City in 2011. This year, Awa unveils her first solo recording, Alataye Tougnaye “The Truth Belongs to God” (Motema). The album draws upon all Awa’s rich experiences, and realizes her long-held goal of presenting a personal musical vision, and assuming the role of cultural ambassador to the world.
Awa was born in 1972 in Bamako, the capital of Mali, but she spent her childhood in Dire, in the Timbuktu region of the north. She is a descendent of two great empires, The Songhai of Dire, and the Mande, or Malinke, of Kayes. Awa’s family name, Sangho, indicates that she comes from the Mabo, griots—musical historians—of the Songhai. Griots are charged with honoring the histories of families in their region. Awa’s mother was a Kouyate—a Mande griot—and her earliest memories include watching her mother sing at weddings and naming ceremonies. As a child, Awa showed clear musical talent, singing everything she heard—children’ songs, Songhai, Mande, and Bambara numbers that were played on the radio, even blues, which has a special resonance in northern Mali, as evidenced by the career of one of her great musical mentors, Grammy-winning guitar maestro Ali Farka Toure. 




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Special Guests: Will Calhoun on Drums & Balla Kouyate on Balafon

**Dinner Special Details**


Click on the ticket link above and select the General Admission ticket PLUS $20 Dinner special to save 30% on your dinner (does not include TIP). Select your dinner option on the page during checking-out when you review your online order and BEFORE finishing the check process.


Dinner options include:


None: I purchased a General Admission Ticket

Option 1: Mediterranean Plate, Salad and a Soda

Option 2: Hamburger, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 3: Marinated Grilled Chicken Cubes, Salad, Humus and a Soda

Option 4: Kale Salad, Humus and a Soda