American world music band Toubab Krewe has organized the Musicians for Mali benefit concert to aid refugees displaced by the crisis in Mali. The event will take place Saturday, September 22 of 2012 at 8:00 pm at the City Winery. Toubab Krewe has brought together an all-star lineup of Malian and American artists to celebrate Malian Independence Day, increase awareness about the current crisis in Mali, and raise money for refugees.
In partnership with co-producers Afropop.org and the Malian Cultural Center, the event will benefit Relief International, an agency working with refugees in Niger, and Mali-based Instruments4Africa, which aids musicians and their families who have fled the North.
About the Performers
Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe is a dynamic Asheville, North Carolina-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a captivating mix of jam rock, African traditions, and other roots music influences. More at Toubab Krewe.
Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure
In the Bambara language of West Africa, Benyoro means meeting place, and that’s exactly what this group is. It’s about the meeting of traditional and modern instruments, African and American musicians, and centuries-old songs and modern arrangements.
Banning Eyre is an author, guitarist, radio producer, and Senior Editor at Afropop.org. He performs with the band Timbila, and with various musicians playing African music in New York City. More at Banning Eyre.
About the Beneficiaries
Relief International responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises. Since 1990, Relief International has been committed to partnering with communities in need and transforming victims of vulnerability to empowered participants in sustainable development. Relief International is responding to the needs of over 15,000 Malian refugees in northern Tahoua province of Niger by providing assistance in food security, health and hygiene, shelter. More information: ri.org/files/uploads/RI_Mali_Refugees_in_Tahoua_Niger_Assessment_Report.pdf
Bamako (Mali)-based non-profit Instruments4Africa is committed to cultural preservation, helping artistskeep their practice alive so they can continue to empower their communities. The organization is currently assisting families of displaced traditional artists from the North. Families receive food, medicine, school fees, until they can get back on their feet and provide for themselves. They also help artists find gigs and connect them to agencies offering additional assistance. Funds raised will enable the organization to significantly expand the number of families they serve. More information: i4africa.org/donate/
Saturday, September 22, 2012
6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm
Bar Stool $25.00
To purchase tickets: citywinery.com
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.