March 6, 2017
Tickets & Information: (212) 279-4200
Aleba Gartner, 212/206-1450
“A giant on the world music scene”  — PBS 


continues its 2016-17 Masters of African Music series with

Salif Keita

The "Golden Voice" of Mali who went from albino outcast
to international superstar 


Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Pre-performance Q&A with the artist at 7:00 p.m. 
Moderated by Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide

The Town Hall
123 W 43rd St, Manhattan

Tickets: $40-$65

Co-presented with (Le) Poisson Rouge 

From WMI Artistic Director Par Neiburger:

“Our Masters of African Music series aims to bring some of the most important and influential artists from the continent to New York. This series has included artists such as King Sunny Adé, Mulatu Astatke, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Salif Keita is undoubtedly a living legend from Mali, one of Africa's most musically rich countries. It is a true honor to bring an artist of his caliber to New York." 
Masters of African Music
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Salif Keita

The Town Hall
Salif Keita, known as the “Golden Voice of Africa,” is one of the most influential and important artists in African music. Born an albino, Keita was cast out by his family and ostracized by his community as his albinism was considered a sign of bad luck in Mandinka culture. He overcame these obstacles to become one of Africa’s most celebrated singers. 

In 1973, Salif Keita joined the group Les Ambassadeurs—later called Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux—and rose to international fame in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s he began a solo career and has gone on to become a superstar in Afropop music. Keita’s music blends the traditional griot music of his Malian childhood with other West African influences from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal. His latest album, Talé, immerses us in the digital fountain of youth, with a sound that references Remain in Light by Brian Eno and Talking Heads—artists who pioneered their own future with their quest for the sounds of West Africa. 



WMI’s collection of Masters Series brings legendary artists from across the globe to NYC. This year features Masters of African Music, Masters of Brazilian Music and Masters of Indian Music. The 2016 Fall/Winter period presented King Sunny Adé (Africa), Mulatu Astatke (Africa), Ikhlaq Hussain (India), Bebel Gilberto (Brazil), and Seu Jorge (Brazil).

Upcoming Masters Series Performances



Masters of Indian Music 
Friday, April 7, 2017, (Le) Poisson Rouge
The face of a new generation of sarod players pays homage to his father,
the legendary Ali Akbar Khan, on what would have been his 95th Birthday


Masters of Indian Music 
Friday, May 12, 2017, Miller Theatre
Sitar virtuoso from a 7-generation musical dynasty


Masters of Indian Music 
Thursday, May 18, 2017, Lincoln Center Atrium
India's sarod virtuoso and disciple of Ali Akbar Khan


Masters of Brazilian Music 
Saturday, June 3, 2017, BAM
Rare show by avant-garde legend from Brazil's '60s Tropicália movement


Masters of Indian Music
Saturday, June 17, 2017, The Met Museum
The mighty Khans: a special sitar duet between a living legend & his son 


“A decidedly edgier, more forward-looking new direction."
Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as the leading presenter of world music and dance within the United States.

WMI is committed to presenting the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world with the goal of inspiring wonder for world cultures through music and dance. WMI aims to enrich the lives of people living in New York by promoting awareness of other cultures and their traditions. WMI collaborates with community organizations and academic institutions in fostering greater understanding and appreciation of the world’s cultural traditions and presents at venues throughout the city.

Under new leadership since 2015, its 30th anniversary season, World Music Institute has introduced an ambitious expansion of concert offerings that include contemporary, experimental and avant-garde presentations, as well as the traditional music that WMI has long been known and admired for. In addition, the institution is thrilled to have launched new partnerships with BAM, 92nd Street Y, SummerStage, Merkin Concert Hall, National Sawdust, Storm King Art Center, Le Poisson Rouge, Littlefield and Drom—while continuing partnerships with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Town Hall, Symphony Space, French Institute Alliance Française, and Apollo Theater (the annual Africa Now festival).

WMI has presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents. Through powerful programming, WMI is creating a movement that promotes awareness and engagement of other cultures, helping to encourage deeper understanding of communities around the globe. 
“A widely copied and influential force in New York cultural circles.”
For more WMI events and the complete fall/winter season schedule,
please visit
Twitter: @WMInyc

Our program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State
Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo


and the New York State Legislature and the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 
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please contact Aleba & Co. at 212/206-1450 or

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