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Malian Musical Greats Perform in Hudson

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Mamadou Kelly
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Colossal kudos are due to the hip Half Moon in Hudson, New York, for continuing to bring in some Africa’s most amazing musical artists. In keeping with this bright trend, the cozy corner club is presenting two of the contemporary greats of Malian music: Mamadou Kelly and Sidi Toure.

Singer and guitarist Mamadou Kelly, who will appear at the venue this Friday, hails from the Niger Delta region of Mali and studied with the legendary kora master Ali Farka Toure before going on to be mentored by the likewise influential Afel Bocum as a member of the band Alkibar. Displaced by the religious-extremist persecution that swept his home town in 2012, Kelly is well acquainted with our area: He recorded his 2015 album Djamilia in Woodstock with Columbia County producer and promoter Chris Nolan. He will perform at the Half Moon on July 27 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

Sidi Toure, who will perform on Monday, is a paragon of the droning and deeply blues-y songhai guitar style. Born into Malian royalty, he rejected his familial expectations to become a celebrated singer and instrumentalist. Signed to the vital Chicago underground label Thrill Jockey, he released his fourth album for the imprint, the joyous Toubalero, last March. Toure takes the Half Moon’s stage on July 30 at 8pm. Tickets are $10.

Enjoy this video of Sidi Toure’s intoxicating “Heyyeya”:

https://youtu.be/9ng2YJ7ulTU

For more information, visit http://thehalfmoonhudson.com/ or call (518) 822-1913.

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