Mali music spread in Aarhus

Music, dance and vocal students from Denmark, Mali, Netherlands and Sweden joined forces with Malian master musicians at a "fabulous border breaking show" during the Aarhus Festival. Led by a small group of students who have been studying at the Conservatoire des Arts of Bamako, they performed the proud musical tradition of Mali, simultaneously turning the music a little "upside down" by adding elements of Western pop/jazz. The leading Danish music magazine GAFFA gave the concert five stars out of five! *****

As usual, the choir, orchestra and dancers included a large group of students from both Aarhus and Bamako. This year the group also included students studying modern dance from the Netherlands and Sweden, who are part of dance project Next Move (

The very sensation is that the organisers managed to include three great soloists from Mali: the reputable kora player Mamadou Sidiki Diabaté, the rising star singer Safi Diabaté and the young dance and vocal student Charles Niare into the Festival Week. They all had fantastic performances in different spots of the city during the week.

The show was put together with help from Eliza Bøje, Lene Nørgaard and Jens Chr. "Chappe" Jensen. During the stay in Denmark the musicians from Bamako also had workshops with preacademic level students and primary school children. Mali music was spread in Aarhus!