Dobet Gnahoré in Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Africa

Dobet Gnahoré
Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Africa
Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm

Mem Aud (http://www.ohiou.edu/athens/bldgs/memaud.html)
Ohio University Performing Art Series
student $8, senior $12, general $15

Join Putumayo for an evening with Dobet Gnahoré, Habib Koite, and Vusi Mahlasela, three of Africa’s premier singer-songwriters in a truly unique concert experience. (http://www.putumayo.com/acousticafrica/)

At just 24, Dobet Gnahoré (http://www.dobetgnahore.com/) is the youngest and only female artist of the tour. She has animated stages in Africa and Europe with her vibrant performances and powerful vocals. As a child, Gnahoré was trained in the music and dance traditions of the Bete people in her native Ivory Coast by her father Boni Gnahoré , a well-known performer in West Africa. Both her song and lyrics, sung in several African languages, are steeped in the music and culture of her homeland. The Acoustic Africa tour marks her US debut.

“Wow! Dobet Gnahoré is one helluva talented artist. Powerful singing combined with a charismatic stage presence, original choreography, and a theatricality that reminded me of Marie Daulne of Zap Mama.” –Sean Barlow, Afropop Worldwide

A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of the companion album Acoustic Africa will be donated to Mercy Corps in support of their efforts to help AIDS victims and victims of the civil war in Darfur, and to Oxfam America’s and Oxfam Novib’s “Make Trade Fair” campaign to improve trade conditions for African countries.

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