Concerts

Issa Bagayogo

When: Thu., Aug. 6, 7 p.m. 2009

For one of the world's poorest countries, Mali has some rich musical offerings. From Salif Keita's phenomenally eclectic Super Rail Band to the elemental blues of the late Ali Farka Touré, and on up through the Manu Chao-produced breakthrough of Amadou & Mariam, this convergence of Western and West African styles seems as natural and unforced as a desert sunrise. Issa Bagayogo, who sings and plays a six-string lute called the ngoni, may be less well-known, but he's no less respected. Recording for the prestigious world music label Six Degrees, he makes music that's fluid and hypnotic, as evidenced by his new collection of remixes, which was released in June. His show gets underway at 7 p.m. over at Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., ppld.org/blogs/ppld/?p=986), and admission is free. — Bill Forman

Price: Free

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