(schedule of performers is subject to change)
Throughout a thirty-year recording career, global superstar Youssou N’Dour‘s roots in Senegalese traditional music and griot storytelling have remained. A daring innovator and staunch protector of the unique “Dakar overgroove,” N’Dour and his high-energy Super Etoile manage to fashion a sound which is both characteristically Senegalese and outward-looking, a contagiously exciting synthesis of musical languages. Rolling Stone called N’Dour’s stunning tenor “a voice so extraordinary that the history of Africa seems locked inside it,” and the Super Etoile has been lauded in The Village Voice as “the greatest band in the world.” Audiences can look forward to new music from N’Dour in 2017.
Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has directly affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with over 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American front man and his 9-piece ensemble just released their full-length album, Elements, and are featured in SXSW 2017 as part of the nationally acclaimed ContraBanned showcase highlighting artists from the diaspora of the nations targeted by the recent immigration ban. In addition to performing in clubs and festivals across the nation, Bassel partners with universities and charity organizations nationwide to host seminars, workshops, and benefit concerts drawing attention to the crisis in Syria.