Monday, September 28, 2009


Celebrated Senegalese master-musician Baaba Maal follows up 2001's Grammy-nominated Missing You with his new multi-lingual album, Television. A subtle blend of electronic dance elements with timeless West African musical traditions, Television was recorded in London and Dakar over the last three years, during which time Baaba has kept up his rigorous global touring commitments, including his work on the large-scale Africa Express project, in collaboration with Damon Albarn. Baaba Maal worked on Television's eight songs with various musicians, but most specifically in a collaboration with singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, both members of New York's Brazilian Girls. The African-crossover "International" features a poetic listing of exotic cities across the globe by Sciubba. Working on the song "Tindo," whose subject is the guidance meted out to Senegalese children as to their future responsibilities, Baaba Maal found that Sabina's responses, sung in Italian, accurately mirrored his own lyrics: "I see language as an instrument. Sabina told me that she could just feel the meaning of the words that I was singing. This is the power of music - it can give you advice even if you do not understand the language."

Baaba Maal Tour Dates
Oct 8 – Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA
Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Joe’s Pub
Oct 22 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Zuiderpershuis
Oct 24 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Oct 25 – Cologne, Germany @ Kantine
Oct 26 – Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
Oct 27 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra
Oct 29 – Munich, Germany @ Muffathalle
Oct 30 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
Oct 31 – Vienna, Austria @ Porgy and Bess

2010 Tour Dates
Apr 6 – Toronto, ONT @ Telus Center
Apr 8 – Madison, WI @ Wisconsin Union Theatre
Apr 10 – Chicago, IL @ Venue TBD
Apr 13 – Arcata, CA @ Buchanan Hall
Apr 14 – Chico, CA @ Laxson Auditorium
Apr 15 – Davis, CA @ Mondavi Performing Arts Center
Apr 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall Auditorium
Apr 18 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Campbell Hall
Apr 20 – Berkeley, CA @ Zellerback Auditorium
Apr 22 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
Apr 24 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Apr 25 – Houston, TX @ Houston International Festival
Apr 27 – Chapell Hill, NC @ UNC Chapel Hill Memorial Hall
Apr 29 – Washington, DC @ Lisner Auditorium
Apr 30 – New York, NY Fillmore East
May 1 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre
May 2 – Lebanon, OH @ Lebanon Opera House

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