Tani Diakite, a Malian blues-funk artist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in Marty's CyberCafé in Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College campus. Diakite's visit is sponsored by Luther's Student Activities Council's Diversity committee.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the Luther Box Office, telephone (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]
The Box Office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.
Diakite, Malian singer and kamelon ngoni virtuoso, is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists.
With his kamelon ngoni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, Diakite never fails to drop the deepest blues around. He mixes funk, reggae, blues and West Africa genres together to create his unique sound.
In addition to performing on the kamelon ngoni, Diakite is also a master craftsman who makes the instrument.
Diakite is a member of the Bureau of Malian Artists, a prestigious honor given by the Malian Ministry of Culture.
Born and raised in the Wassoulou region of southern Mali, Diakite currently resides in Madison, Wis.