Bringing West Africa to Port Townsend

Cheick Hamala Diabate

We hope you've been enjoying our podcast interviews with Artistic Director Corey Harris. In these interviews, Corey has been talking about the artists and influences that will be present at the 2009 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival. If you play blues music, or enjoy listening to it, we hope you can join us in late July.

In this installment, Corey talks about the three West African musicians coming to Port Townsend in August: Cheick Hamala Diabaté, Moussa Konate, and Moh Kouyate.

As Corey has described to us, there are interesting intersections linking African and American music. Here's a video of Cheick Hamala exploring "Cumberland Gap" with James Leva.

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