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Baaba Maal

ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1997 | DON HECKMAN
The blending of traditional African musical elements with the forms and procedures of Western pop can be tricky. But don't tell Baaba Maal, who not only manages to make the combination work but does it with utterly irresistible spirit and enthusiasm. At the Veterans Wadsworth Theatre on Friday, Maal and his 12 players presented a nonstop two-hour program of music and dance that had a capacity crowd on its feet and dancing for a good part of the show.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1995 | DON SNOWDEN
Baaba Maal's show at the House of Blues Wednesday was a triumph of small steps. The Senegalese singer struggled all night to integrate seemingly disjointed musical and performance elements into a cohesive whole, and he ultimately succeeded. Maal shares the striking Islamic-influenced vocal sound of his countryman Youssou N'Dour and Mali's Salif Keita, and his 11-piece band delivered complexly structured music built on percussion and keyboard accents.
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