Malian Musician Cheick Hamala Diabate Performs on Mall C for City Stages Event


Wed 8/15 @ 6:30-9PM

The former Ohio City Stages, now just City Stages, moves to yet another new location this week, taking place downtown on Mall C where there will be food and drinks for sale and plenty of room for dancing to the music of Cheick Hamala Diabate.

The Malian musician, who has lived in the U.S. for the past decade and was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, descends from a family of West African griots, and took up his primary instrument n’goni, a lute-like instrument, at a young age (He also plays banjo and guitar). Like many popular African musicians, his music is rooted in traditional rhythms and African-style vocals into which he brings contemporary electric sounds. In the U.S. he’s also worked with African dance companies.

Those coming downtown for the show are also invited to stop in and see nearby FRONT Triennial installations at the Cleveland Public Library, Federal Reserve Bank, the Rock Hall and the William S. Mather, all open until 9pm.

City Stages is free. If you don’t plan to be dancing the whole evening, bring a blanket or chair.


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