Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars to perform at Luther College Sept. 6

SAC Spotlight invites the community to come listen and groove to the musical stylings of Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Marty’s CyberCafé, located in the lower level of the Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther campus.

Tickets are $5, available at the door and the Luther Box Office, at www.tickets.luther.edu, (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 from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Originally from Mali, Tani Diakite is the lead man for the Afrofunkstars and is known as a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. Between Tani's Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around.

The Kamale n'goni is the centerpiece of a popular style of music from Mali called Wasulu Music. When audiences hear the blues played by Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, they understand why Mali is often called the birthplace of the blues. The Kamale n'goni, one of several African instruments that preceded the banjo, gives the Afrofunkstars similarities to bluegrass music as well.

The Afrofunkstars are backed up by one of the hottest rhythm sections around, featuring Paddy Cassidy on jembe, Hugo Reynolds on the drumset, and Mamoudou Diallo and Djam Vivie on percussion. The Afrofunkstars are rounded out by bass powerhouse Nickolas Moran, Peter Baggenstoss on keyboards, and Matt Manske on guitar. This combination of powerful instruments urges the audience to get up and move.

The performance is sponsored by the Student Activities Council Spotlight and Diversity committees.

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