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Cheikh Lô | Artist Q&A

Saturday, January 25, 2020
12:00-1:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Saturday, January 25, Noon-1:30pm
Blue Llama, 314 S. Main St
Free & Open to the Public

Cheikh Lô is one of the great mavericks of African music. A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer he has personalised and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own. Incorporating Senegalese mbalax with elements of salsa, Zairian/Congolese rhumba, folk, and jazz, Lô has created an infectious, hook-laden style of pop music. Born in 1955, to Senegalese parents in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, not far from the border with Mali, where he grew up speaking Bambara (language of Mali), Wolof (language of Senegal) and French. At 21 he started singing and playing percussion with Orchestra Volta Jazz in Bobo Dioulasso, and spent much of the 1980s working as a session musician in both Dakar, Senegal and Paris, France, while also developing his own repertoire. In 1995, Youssou N’Dour helped to produce his second solo record, and signature sound – a semi acoustic, Spanish-tinged take on the popular mbalax style – was an instant success in Senegal, gaining him a dedicated local following and subsequent international success.

Cheikh Lô will also perform two sets at the Blue Llama Jazz Club on Saturday, January 25 (7pm & 9pm). Visit for ticket information for these performances.

This Artist Q&A is co-sponsored by Center for World Performance Studies and African Studies Center.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Blue Llama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St.
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Africa, african diaspora, African Studies, African Studies Center, Anthropology, Arts of Islam, Free, MESA, Multicultural, Music, Storytelling
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for World Performance Studies, Residential College, African Studies Center