March 13: Chérif Keïta & Alhaji Papa Susso: Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa

What happens when a nobleman picks up a guitar and sings praise? When a djéli or griot crosses an ocean, changing both his patronage network and the very stories that establish his legitimacy?


These are but a few of the questions that will be addressed in a dialogue between Chérif Keïta, a specialist of the Mande world, and Alhaji Papa Susso, a Senegambian kora player. "Griots, Nobility, and the Transformation of Musical Culture in Contemporary West Africa" is both a performance and lecture moderated by Ian Merkel. They will provide us a glimpse into the West African musical diaspora through both analysis and song, providing an evening of reflection, song, and certainly a bit of humor.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
La Maison Francaise
16 Washington Mews at University Place

This event is co-sponsored with the Institute of French Studies at New York University and is free and open to the public. Learn more »