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Baaba Maal, St George's Bristol | reviews, news & interviews

Baaba Maal, St George's Bristol

Baaba Maal, St George's Bristol

Just the music and myths would be enough to work the crowd, but there's spiel too

Baaba Maal: The superstar stripped down in an intimate display of his vocal range, perfect sense of timing and musicianship

Concerts are not what they used to be: in an attempt to break the mould of conventional performance styles, promoters and artists are increasingly turning to explanatory introductions, visual aids and other means of drawing the audience in, as if music alone could not work the crowd. The Senegalese singing star Baaba Maal is touring with the journalist and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah, and their show combines relaxed but clearly scripted conversation with stunning songs from Maal’s Fulani repertoire.

Senegal has given the world some remarkable voices, all drawing from both Islamic and Manding influences

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