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Mamajowali! Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss
Occidental Center for the Arts
Occidental, CA
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Mamajowali! Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss
Mamajowali - Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss

To hear these three musicians from far flung places collaborate is to take in three souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal language  seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities. Mamajowali mixes up and overlays West African music, old time American tunes, and spirited originals  with hoppin' grooves, tons of musical dialogue and tasty improvisational shenanigans. An upbeat blend of kamale ngoni (West African hunter's harp), guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing. Bring your dancing shoes or bask in some festive revelry! Joe Craven: ~ Mamadou Sidibe: ~ Walter Strauss: $20 General. Dance space available. Fine wine, beer and tasties for sale.

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Joe Craven

Award winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and Co-Director of Wintergrass Youth Academy, multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven's love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, David Lindley and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as The Persuasions, Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist/ violinist with mandolinist David Grisman. With presenting workshops and lectures in Costa Rica, to thousands of school kids in Scotland, from house concerts to major festivals and from Carnegie Hall to busking at Cannery Row  Joe's at home and loving every minute.

"Joe Craven is magical"  San Francisco Chronicle

Mamadou Sidibe

Master kamale ngoni player, Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou Region of Mali, West Africa. Twenty-five years ago Mamadou played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from it's origins in hunters' sacred melodies- -played on six string donso ngoni (hunter's harps) to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. Mamadou was one of the first to expand the instrument's range with two extra strings, creating the popular kamale ngoni. He has recently enhanced the kamale ngoni even further, by creating 10 and 12 string kamale ngoni. Mamadou, with artists Coumba Sidibe, Oumou Sangare and Ramatu Diakite, spread the new sounds through recordings and performances in Europe, Africa and the United States. Not only is Mamadou an award winning musician and master of the kamale ngoni, he is accomplished on several other African instruments as well.

"At the center of his music is the same sensibility that you'll find in Muddy Waters: a sense of music as a tool for the recreation of everyday life into something special, even magical."  Stylus

Walter Strauss

If you haven't heard Walter Strauss play, then you've never heard music like this before. This fingerstyle guitar maestro's songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. He performs internationally, both solo and in collaborations with artists as varied as Grammy-winning kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate, guitarist Alex de Grassi, and eclectic songsters the Burns Sisters. He has transposed the intricate music of the kora, a 21-string West African harp, to guitar, creating mind-bending renditions of this music which famed kora player Toumani Diabate calls inspirational. His recent journey to West Africa spawned a duo collaboration with Sidiki Diabate, the son of Toumani Diabate, and their new CD will be released in 2014.

"A many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival."  Maverick Magazine



Occidental Center for the Arts (View)
3850 Doris Murphy Court (Graton Rd & Bohemian Hwy)
Occidental, CA 95465
United States

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Arts > Performance
Music > Americana
Music > Funk
Music > World

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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