World Class concerts online: Tinariwen, Ballaké Sissoko, AfroCubism and more

SonaWe often listen to the albums of great African artists, knowingly that we will probably not have the chance to experience live concerts of these exceptional musicians. Some concert-snippets are put on YouTube but very rarely we can watch full concerts in good quality. ARTE Live Web enables viewers to see concerts of World Class musicians from home in HD and with a briliant sound quality. In the following list you will find the list of African artists that performed in 2012 and whose concerts can be watched online via ARTE Live Web. All you need is to click on the concert-link and you can experience these excellent musicians at home.

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Tinariwen concertTinariwen – Concert: Live at Salle Pleyel, Paris, 02/11/2012
The Tourag-ensemble Tinariwen is the group which made Touareg-Blues music famous in the world. They can be seen as the oldest Cultural ambassadors of the Touareg culture as they are constantly touring the world and sharing this beautiful music with tens of thousands of people.

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Sona Jobarteh2Sona Jobarteh – Concert: Live at Africa-Festival, Würzburg, 27/05/2012
The London-born artist is the first female Kora player. Born into a prestigious West African Griot family – her grandfather was the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh – music is a rooted in her family’s heritage. At the Afrika-Festival in Würzburg/ Germany Sona Jobarteh performed a brilliant live performance.

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omar pene4Omar Pene – Concert: Live at Africa Festival, Würzburg, 25/05/2012
Senegalese musician Omar Pene is a living legend in West Africa. He influenced West African Pop music tremendously and can be seen as one of the masters of the Mbalax, a genre that mixes the traditional Senegalese Sabar music with popular Western music. At the Africa Festival he performed a very entertaining show displaying his artistic diversity.

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afrocubismAfroCubism – Concert: Live at Afrika Festival, Würzburg, 27/05/2012
Cuban and African music have a long history of mutual influence. Producer Nick Gold created AfroCubism, a music ensemble that does not only pay tribute to this music history but creates new sounds by fusing Cuban Son and Rumba with Malian sounds.

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bombino2Bombino – Concert: Live at Salle Pleyel, Paris, 02/11/2012
Described by many as the Jimy Hendrix of the desert Nigerien Blues artist Bombino experienced a fast rise in the last 2 years. His debut album ‘Agadez‘ was widely celebrated and made him tour the globe to promote his unique style of Touareg blues/ rock music.

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bAllake sissokoBallaké Sissoko – Concert: Live at Festival Africolor, Centquatre, Paris, 11/12/2012
Very few artists in the world can play the Kora like Malian artist Ballaké Sissoko. Since the age of 13 he plays in the Ensemble instrumental national du Mali and creates beautiful music. In his live performance at the recent Festival Africolor in Paris he presented tracks from his new album ‘At Peace’ on which he collaborated with French cellist/ bassist Vincent Ségal. It is amazing to see both them performing live, fusing the sound of the kora and the cello.

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