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A Maverick of African Music: Cheikh Lô in NYC & Toronto in April


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Senegalese Troubadour Cheikh Lô in New York City April 20 & Toronto April 25, 2012

Cheikh Lô
CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS
Performance Friday, Apr 20, 2012 | 10 PM
Zankel Hall

Wednesday, APRIL 25, 2012
The Great Hall 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
entry 8:00 PM | show 9:00 PM
$25 advance | $30 at the door
opening: Donné Roberts Juno Award Winner with African Guitar Summit

Cheikh Lô is one of the great mavericks of African music. A superb singer and songwriter—as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist, and drummer—he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa.

"In Baye Fall, we have something called a jarasse.... the multicoloured clothes that I wear most of the time... the music on this album is a kind of jarasse...." Cheikh Lô, liner notes to "Jamm"...


Cheikh Lô is one of the great mavericks of African music. A singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist, and drummer, he has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own.

Growing up with Senegalese parents in Burkina Faso near the border of Mali during the 1950s, Cheikh Lô played the musical genres of the time, including Cuban and Congolese styles. He gave his first performances as a young man in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina’s creative capital and hotbed of musical activity, and later moved to Dakar. But it was not until he made his way to Paris in 1985 that he began to build the relationships that would make up his unique musical community.



Since his first internationally distributed record, the Youssou N’Dour–produced Né La Thiass (1996), Cheikh Lô has received increasing acclaim worldwide. His last album, Lamp Fall (2005), was highly praised; on NPR’s All Things Considered, African music expert Banning Eyre said Lô “proves himself one of the most dynamic creators in today’s African music” and the Associated Press called the record “a globe-hopping aural adventure.”

For the next few years Lô withdrew from the international stage and immersed himself in the Dakar scene playing regularly with his own band and this return home is reflected in his new album, Jamm (2010).

Cheikh Lô is an artist unlike any other in music.  It's not just his unique appearance - with long dreadlocks and his colourful patchwork clothes - that sets him apart; his career is constantly evolving, incorporating influences from around the world.  Wherever his musical journey takes him you can be sure he'll remain rooted to his Baye Fall beliefs, and no matter what, will always sound like Cheikh Lô.

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