PRINCETON, NJ – The Arts Council of Princeton, in partnership with the Princeton Shopping Center and Edens, presents Cheick Hamala Diabate on July 13 at 6 p.m. in the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ.
Cheick (pronounced “shake”) Hamala Diabate, is a West African historian in the Griot tradition, and a world-recognized master of the ngoni, a Malian traditional instrument. A sought after performer, lecturer, and storyteller throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada, Cheick Hamala began touring in the U.S.in 1995.
Upon coming to the US, Cheick Hamala was intrigued by the resemblance between his beloved ngoni and the American banjo, even sharing tunings and picking styles. He has since learned to play the banjo at a virtuosic level, including collaborations with Bela Fleck. Cheick’s album of banjo duets with Carlin, From Mali to America, was nominated for a grammy in 2007 for Best Traditional World Music Album.
Concerts will be held rain or shine; bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the case of rain, concerts will be held indoors at the Arts Council’s Pop-Up Studio in the Shopping Center. Ample parking is available at the Princeton Shopping Center.
For more information and a full listing of concerts through August 24, 2017, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609-924-8777.
The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region.
Established over 60 years ago, the Princeton Shopping Center has become a popular home for some of the Princeton area’s most unique retailers and restaurateurs. Built as a California-style in 1954, the Shopping Center is known for its architectural design and unique layout – a rectangular format with a center courtyard boasting beautiful floral displays. The Princeton Shopping Center is located at 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton, New Jersey.
For more information please call 609-924-8777 or visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.