Oumar Konate' is an internationally acclaimed Malian Guitarist bridging traditional Malian guitar with the blues.
Sunday, September 28th
Center for Indigenous Music and Culture
$10 adults (Buy tickets here )
About The Artist
Oumar Konaté touched his classmates with his passion for music. With a bucket, helmet, and drum he performed nightly outside the family’s front door in Gao, Mali conducting his first band. In high school, Konaté accompanied the Orchestra of Gao on its national tour and then went on to the National Institute of Arts where he led the school orchestra at Mali’s 2008 Biennale. In 2009, he represented Mali at the UNESCO festival in Gambia. That same year, Konaté received his Diploma from the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres where he continues to teach today. One of the young African artists racing to prominence, in 2011 he became guitarist and arranger for Tounkagouna, a monthly television variety show broadcast. In 2012, Konaté performed at Mali’s Festival au Desert and toured the US and Canada with Khaira Arby. In 2013 and 2014 Konaté toured Europe with Vieux Farka Toure. Oumar Konaté currently lives in Bamako, Mali with his family, his wife and a newborn son. His new album, Addoh, was recorded during the historic 2012-2013 political crisis in Mali. It represents a transition in his musical journey, a sound treatise on the emotions and experiences of young Malians as they live through the rebellion and coup d’etat that was shattering their country and their dreams of a better future.