Ali Farka Touré Band, led by Afel Bocoum
Pre-show talk at 2:15 pm
Exiled from the Sahara, Mali's influential Festival in the Desert brings its "caravan" to The Met for a rare performance of desert blues, an art form now banned in its homeland. Terakaft "combines Western high-tech with earthy African roots in perfect calibration" (Songlines). Original members of the Ali Farka Touré Band, whose late leader was the master of fusing traditional Malian music with New World blues, reunite with a mission to spread a message of peace.
Ticket buyers are invited to join us at 2:15 pm for a pre-show talk about the current situation in Mali, with Mohamed Aly Ansar, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Festival in the Desert and members of the Ali Farka Touré Band; with an introduction by Alisa LaGamma, Curator in Charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Moderated by Cynthia Schneider, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University and Co-Director of Timbuktu Renaissance.
Presented in collaboration with World Music Institute.
This concert is made possible by the Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc.
Tickets include Museum admission on the day of the performance.