Concerts & Events

Wednesday, February 24, 2016  ♦  8:30 PM

Noura Mint Seymali

with special guest DJ Bashert and Senegalese Drum Master Mamadou Tama with Spanish Guitar Duo and flamenco dance
World Music Wednesday

4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000

  • World Music Wednesdays

    A weekly showcase of world music and dance featuring the best local and touring talent! Most shows are Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM.

    Most World Music Wednesday concerts are free with a $10 suggested donation. TO GUARANTEE YOUR ENTRY MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE EITHER ONLINE OR BY CALLING THE BOX OFFICE AT 773.728.6000. Reservations unclaimed 10 minutes before showtime will be released to waiting patrons.

  • Noura Mint Seymali

    Part of the Noura Mint Seymali Visiting Artist Residency

    Winner of the 2014 AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) for “Best Female Artist in North Africa,” Noura Mint Seymali is a nationally beloved star and one of Mauritania's foremost musical emissaries, having begun her career, aged 13, as a supporting vocalist with her legendary step-mother Dimi Mint Abba. Reared in a culture of collision where sounds from across the Sahara, the Magreb, and West Africa coalesce in the dynamic language of the Moorish griot, Noura's success stems from her ability to combine a rare classical mastery and a griot's cultural authority with musical idioms that speak to the emergent realities of youth culture in West Africa and beyond. Composing for an ensemble with traditional instruments at its core - ardine (harp), tidinit (lute), and t'beul (bowl drum)- and fortified by Western bass and drum-set, Noura employs the instruments and modal structures essential to Moorish tradition while simultaneously delivering ideas within the format of the pop song, the ever-potent currency of memes in contemporary Africa. With Mauritania's unique cultural and geographic identity as a desert nation physically and socially between North and Sub-Saharan Africa- Noura Mint Seymali is a vital and vibrant staging post on the road from the Medinas of Fez and Algiers to the dance clubs of Bamako and Dakar and an unforgettable voice of Africa. With an already formidable international debut, at events like Festivalau-Desert (Mali), Festival Pirineos (Spain), and Festival Timitar (Morocco), and collaborations with artists like Tinariwen, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Baaba Maal, Noura Mint Seymali is steadily gaining wider recognition, determined to bring Mauritanian music to the world.

    “Seymali and her group are impeccable, a riot of traditional Mauritanian music and psychedelic rock, full of pulsing off-rhythms and gutsy, fluid vocals, and nimble, phaser-heavy swords from guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly…”
    - The Wire UK

    “With her strong charisma and appeal to the audience she will become a major star.” - Afropop Worldwide

    Senegalese Drum Master Mamadou Tama with Spanish Guitar Duo and flamenco dance

    Senegalese master performer, teacher, and singer Mamadou Tama is a skilled Talking Drum Master who tours the world sharing the unique sound and legacy of his native Senegalese drum. Mamadou will be joined by Spanish guitarists, Diego Alonso, and Carlo Basile with guest flamenco dancer Maricela Tapia and percussionist Bob Garrett.

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000