BEMAC presents: World Music Cafe – Jaaleekaay
28 Feb 2014 | Friday 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Jaaleekaay brings audiences an exciting blend of virtuosity and cross-cultural depth, as these three musicians explore their diverse backgrounds and the universality of music that first brought them together in The Gambia.
High level improvisations weave their way through compositions that combine deeply embodied West African tradition and contemporary western musical ideas and mastery.
Amadou Suso’s lineage as a Kora (African Harp) master goes back through his Griot family for over seven centuries, and Yusupha Ngum’s emotive Wolof language vocals also derive from a rich and acclaimed family tradition. In Gambia, Yusupha enjoys national acclaim as one of the countries premier vocal artists. These rich cultural legacies combine with Steve Berry’s award winning prowess as a contemporary acoustic guitarist in Australia, and together their compositions and music presents the breath-taking power and mastery of their instruments shared by all three players.
Jaaleekaay is world-class music of truly global significance, and not to be missed.