HABIB KOITÈ & BAMADA BAND + SURA SUSSO
Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians.
Habib comes from a noble line of Khassonké griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events. Coming from a family of seventeen brothers and sisters, he developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother.
He inherited his passion for music from his paternal grandfather who played the kamele n’goni, a traditional four-stringed instrument associated with hunters from the Wassolou region of Mali. “Nobody really taught me to sing or to play the guitar”, explains Habib, “I watched my parents, and it washed off on me”.
Unlike the griots, his singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies.
In 1988, Habib formed his own group, Bamada (a nickname for residents of Bamako that roughly translates “in the mouth of the crocodile”), with young Malian musicians who had been friends since childhood.
STANDING // AGES 14+ (UNDER 16s TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT) // £14 ADVANCE
THIS SHOW TAKES PLACE IN OUR MAIN ROOM – KOMEDIA DOWNSTAIRS