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Salif Keita, Mama Longhorn

22.7.2015 @ 19:00 - 23:30

Salif Keita (Mali)

Salif Keita gave up a lot to pursue his dreams of a career in music. Born albinos, he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community. In Mandinka culture albinism is seen as a sign of bad luck and there are beliefs that itʼs a mark of the devil. From a royal lineage, with ancestral roots going back to Soundjata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire in 1240, Keita was disowned by his father after announcing his plans to play music.

Keitaʼs dreams, however, were too strong to be shattered. Moving to the capitol city of Bamako in 1967, he was soon playing in nightclubs with one of his brothers. Within two years, he was invited to join the Rail Band. Then he joined Kate Manfila and formed Les Ambassadeurs, one of the most important west african band that opens the way for the following generations of african musicians. The ʻgolden voice of Africaʼ Salif Keita has been at the forefront of modern Malian music for many years.

Keita has extended musical frontiers and carved out a distinctive musical voice, in which rock, funk and jazz combine with the deepest West African griot traditions. After a first decade spent travelling through Africa and building his reputation, he makes himself known on the French scene in the mid 80s.

He has received musical as well as political and humanitarian acknowledgements, and, throughout his life, has tried to transmit a message of peace through his stunning music which has dictated the standards of contemporary mandingo creation.The accoustic tour recounts Salif Keitaʼs career, picking up classics from his impressive repertoire. After a few years spent exploring new musical styles and mixing his music with electronics, he returns today to a more intimate and acoustic formula, a return to his roots, and offers a sensational retrospective on his entire career which demands utmost respect. Accompanied by four musicians (guitar, kora, nʼgoni and percussion) and two backing vocalist, Salif Keita presents an intimist show and plunges the audience in the heart of modern Mandinka soul.


Mama Longhorn

The Finnish-Guinean Mama Longhorn combines afrobeat, funk and psychedelia in their music. The band consists of many experienced musicians from such Finnish bands as Kuusumun profeetta, Magyar posse and many others as well as Faouzi Fawaz from Guinea, who sings and plays djembe. The band released its first album titled “Enter The Rhythm Tank” in 2014.

The band’s Facebook page.


Doors open at 19.00
19.45 Mama Longhorn
21.00 Salif Keita

The concert is organized in collaboration with Tampereen Kulttuurikamari and Tampere-talo.

Age limit 18 years.

Advance tickets from 46,50 eur (from Tiketti and Lippupiste), at the door 48 eur.


19:00 - 23:30
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Tullikamarin aukio 2
Tampere, Suomi
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