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World Rhythms and Inspiration
unite with the music of
Walter Strauss & Mamadou Sidibe

Sunday, March 28th 3 pm
$12 advance $15 door, $12 seniors

Finger picking American guitar wizard Walter Strauss will be coming to the Old Town Center for the Arts, with Mamadou Sidibe -- the great kamal'ngoni (hunter's harp) player from Mali. Their unique blend of contemporary and traditional world music is a performance not to be missed! They will present one show only, Sunday, March 28th at 3PM.

When American guitarist Walter Strauss and Malian kamal’ngoni master Mamadou Sidibe engage in a musical interplay of finger-style guitar and West African hunter's harp, the result is a deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh. These two unique musicians from distant origins create an intoxicating blend of music in which they gracefully complement each other through intertwining melodic grooves, spirited improvisation, and songs in two languages.

Walter Strauss is a "wizard of the fingerstyle guitar" (Folk and Roots, UK). He masterfully weaves together American roots and jazz with music of West Africa and other cultures - layering highly articulated melodies, harmonies, rhythms and counter-rhythms in a way that gives the impression he is playing several instruments at once. “Imagine blending the beauty and strength of Bruce Cockburn's fingerstyle guitar playing, the gravity of Joni Mitchell's jazz, and the elegant simplicity of American roots,” writes Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange. Maverick Magazine (UK) calls him "a many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival".

In addition to his solo work, Walter has performed throughout North America, the UK and Ireland with musicians ranging from Grammy winning kora player Mamadou Diabate to eclectic songsters The Burns Sisters and fiddle legend Vassar Clements.

Mamadou Sidibe played a groundbreaking role in transforming the popular Wassoulou music of Mali. He was one of the first to break with tradition by creating the now widely used eight-string kamale ngoni, a lute-harp-like instrument that exudes a deep, soulful sound. He broadened the songs from sacred hunters melodies to a popular music of philosophical observations, politics and daily African life. Stylus magazine calls his music, “an almost seamless blend of blues licks and African rhythms. At the center of his music is the same sensibility that you'll find in Muddy Waters: a sense of music as a tool for the recreation of everyday life into something special, even magical.”
Mamadou has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangare, Coumba Sidibe, and Toumani Diabate in Africa, Europe and the US. Since settling on the west coast, he's garnered various awards, including Grand Prize at the John Lennon Songwriting Competition (World Music), Winner of the Billboard Songwriting Contest (World Category), and Winner of Global Rhythm Magazine Song Contest.

Mamadou Sidibe and Walter Strauss

To hear these two musicians from far flung places collaborate is to take in two souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal language – seamlessly interweaving two continents and two bright musical sensibilities.

Walter: www.walterstrauss.com
Mamadou: www.musicmali.com

Prior to the show Walter and Mamadou are available for interview via telephone, or in person around the time of the performance. Please contact as soon as possible for details.


Walter Strauss
717.968.0243 cell

Chris Plumstead
(207)807-6877 cell

Tickets are available online at showtix4u.com

and at our Ticket Outlets 2 weeks in advance of show


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Walter Strauss
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