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Special Summer Event:

¡Globalquerque! and the International Folk Art Market
Festival au Desert: Caravan For Peace Concert

Wednesday, July 10
The Lensic
211 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM
7:30 PM

Tickets: $25, $30, $35 and $40 (plus service charges).
Available through and the Lensic Box Office (505-988-1234).
One section at the Lensic designated as OK for dancing at your seats.
Otherwise, the Lensic requests that this be a seated show


MamadouThe International Folk Art Market and ¡Globalquerque! proudly present world renowned Malian musicians Mamadou Kelly, Tartit and Imharhan. Coming directly from Europe, this show will be the debut of The Festival au Desert: Caravan for Peace US tour, kick off the 2013 Folk Art Market and whet your appetite for this year's ¡Globalquerque.

Held in Mali for over a decade, The Festival au Desert has been cancelled as a result of civil war in that country. So, in 2013, instead of gathering in the Sahara, they are bringing the music of Mali out into the world. From soulful Malian Blues, to traditional trance-like nomadic music, to the intense, electric, modern sound of the Malian desert, this concert will be a stunning example of culture in motion, and an unforgettable opening for the 10th Annual International Folk Art Market.

Mamadou Kelly is a tour de force West African singer and guitarist best known for his work with the world famous Ali Farka Toure, one of Africa's most legendary musicians. Mamadou's music lives at the intersection of traditional Malian music and the American Blues, a tradition that Martin Scorsese famously called "the DNA of the Blues." The dynamic combination of nomadic Saharan sounds, Malian Delta Blues, and electric guitars makes this a must-see performance.

TartitTartit (Tuareg for "union") is a legendary Tuareg group from Timbuktu, Mali. Led by singer Fadimata Walett Oumar, better known as "Disco," Tartit uses traditional acoustic Malian instruments to play gorgeous trance-like music derived from the centuries old songs and poems of Saharan nomadic tribes.

Imharhan catapults the music of Tartit into the 21st Century. Led by Disco's brother, Mohammed Issa (aka Imharhan), this group brings modern electric sounds and instruments to traditional Tuareg music, creating a dynamic, driving, and irresistible desert blues sound.

The Festival au Desert is an annual concert held in Mali, usually in the Sahara desert. Begun in 2001, the Festival is a dynamic meeting place of traditional nomadic Malian music and emerging musical groups and styles from around Africa and Europe. The festival itself was a natural outgrowth from a traditional peaceful meeting of nomadic Saharan tribes from Algeria to Niger, with songs and Tuareg dances, poetry, camel rides, and games. African luminaries such as Ali Farka Toure performed with European artists such as Bono and Robert Plant in one of the most unique and celebrated cultural events in the world. Sadly, the 2013 Festival was cancelled as a result of civil war Mali and the brutal imposition of Sharia Law by Islamic extremists, which outlawed music and sent these incredible artists into exile.

MamadouThe Festival in Exile is a response to this violence. Refusing to give in to intolerance, organizers decided that if they couldn't bring the world to Mali, they would bring Mali to the world. The Festival In Exile is a nomadic world tour to promote peace, tolerance, understanding, and spread the remarkable sounds that have been born over the last several decades in the West African Desert.

Festival organizers have said, "It is an attack on our collective memory, and all that unites [us]… we do not want to nor can we allow ourselves to become resigned because safeguarding the values of the Festival, i.e. those of peace and tolerance, now more than ever has become an absolute emergency. This is the message we want to pass among ourselves first and then to others throughout the rest of the world who share with us the same values. The brute sound of weapons and the cries of intolerance are not able to silence the singing of the griots or the sound of the Imzad (violin) and the Tinde (drum)."

A new CD, Live From Festival Au Desert, Timbuktu, features performances from the Festival au Desert, Timbuktu 2012. Proceeds from the sale of the album go directly to the artists and the Festival organization. Artists include: Alhassan Souleyman, Mohamed Alasho, Habib Koite, Ali Farka Toure Allstars (feat. Mamadou Kelly), Bassekou Kouyate, Imharhan, Tamnana, Amanar, Noura Mint Seymali, Samba Toure, Igbayen, Baba Djire, Kiran Ahluwalia (feat. Tinariwen), Douma Maiga, Oumar Konate (feat. Leila Gobi), and Koudede.


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