|African Guitar Summit, blending musical styles from multiple African cultures, will be at Fermilab on Saturday.|
The Fermilab Arts Series welcomes African Guitar Summit, who will be performing on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium.
The Canada-based ensemble features six members — five guitarists and vocalists and one percussionist — with African origins, each an expert in his individual style and together creating musical magic. The collective mixes each musician’s distinct cultural background and language, united in an evening of singing and storytelling.
African Guitar Summit features members Alpha YaYa Diallo from Guinea, Kofi Ackah from Ghana, Professor Adam Solomon from Kenya, Mighty Popo from Burundi-Rwanda, and Donne Roberts and Madagascar Slim from Madagascar. Dialo and Slim have been decorated for their musical accomplishments individually as Juno Award winners, and together the band won the 2005 Juno Award for World Music Album of the year for their debut album "African Guitar Summit." Their second album — "African Guitar Summit II" — earned a nomination for the same award in 2007.
The performance kicks off African Guitar Summit’s first U.S. tour, making it a truly rare experience for attendees.
Tickets are $28; purchase one ticket at this price and get a second one free. Tickets are $14 for those 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online until noon on Friday, Nov. 14, or through the box office at 630-840-2787.