Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Globalquerque 2014 Video 4: Oumar Konaté (Mali) and "Addoh"

Here is Globalquerque's September 20th opener, Oumar Konaté from Mali, on the Plaza Mayor at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Konaté's passion for music goes back to his childhood when he was impressing classmates performing on a bucket, helmet and drum and leading his own band outside his family's front door. He has performed in Mali's Festival au Desert and toured Europe and the United States with Khaira Arby and Vieux Farka Touré. He started with three songs on acoustic guitar - just after he played this song, he pulled out an electric guitar and really kicked it up a notch with some amazing guitar work.

This was shot on my Samsung Galaxy, and I like how the sound turned out on this particular one. The song is Addoh, which tells of the tears of a young girl as she is sent off to wed a man she does not love.