April 17, 2010 |
Musical inspiration can strike Baaba Maal in any place, at any time. It might happen on the Paris Metro, where he sometimes hears echoes of African drum beats in the rumbling of the train cars. Or he could be in his native environs, on the banks of the Senegal River, listening for hidden melodies in the sound of the wind and the rain. "Just silently in my head I sing songs, on the top of rhythm," said the 56-year-old vocalist-guitarist. For much of his adult life, Maal, who'll perform Saturday at UCLA's Royce Hall, has been a man in motion.
June 12, 2005
Robert HILBURN'S "Are You Ready to Rock?!" [May 22] brought back a flood of wonderful memories of the 12 years I lived and worked as a singer and recording artist in London. Noel Gallagher was right: England's rain, cold and island isolation have long fostered a culture of introspection and guitarists laboring away at their often-lonely craft. I would add that Britain's welfare system plays an enormous role in supporting artists while they learn, work and grow. Artists can live, with their rent or even mortgage paid plus a small biweekly stipend that barely covers the bills.
February 9, 2002 |
Baaba Maal was hoping to create an intimate, acoustic setting for his concert at UCLA's Royce Hall on Thursday. Touring in support of his latest album, "Missing You," which was recorded in outdoor settings in his native Senegal, he arrived with a small ensemble of guitars, percussion, hoddu (a small, four-stringed instrument), acoustic bass and guitar (courtesy of his longtime musical companion, Mansour Seck).
February 3, 2002 |
Baaba Maal's appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last summer was a tour de force--a take-no-prisoners extravaganza that captivated his ecstatic listeners. The veteran Senegalese singer-songwriter, one of the most prominent of all African artists, led a 12-piece ensemble through a brilliantly energetic presentation, filled with visual color and body-moving rhythms. That's not exactly what will be happening Thursday, however, when Maal returns to the Southland for a concert at UCLA's Royce Hall.
August 14, 2001 |
The magic of Senegal's versatile Baaba Maal was crackling all over the place Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. Maal has been a dynamic performer for more than a decade, and his appearances are always memorable occasions. But Sunday's concert, titled "African Funk," was so filled with visual color and visceral, body-moving rhythms that one wished the entire evening had been devoted to this consummate artist. That's not quite the way it happened, however.
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March 20, 2001 |
South African singer-songwriter Miriam Makeba will kick off the 2001-2002 World Stages series, co-sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The author, political activist and United Nations ambassador will open the four-concert series at 8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Irvine theater, 4242 Campus Drive. Makeba was the first African recording artist to win a Grammy Award, in 1965, and, in 1967, the first to have a worldwide top-10 hit, "Pata Pata."