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Mande Strings Features Sounds From West Africa Oct. 4

Furman University will host a concert featuring Mande Strings Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman campus.

The concert is free and open to the public and is sponsored jointly by the Furman Department of Music, Humanities at Furman, and Furman student organization Baba Africa.

Mande Strings delivers a demonstration of both modern and traditional Malian sounds, blending influences from West Africa’s Bambara, Soninke and Wassulu cultures. The evening features guitar, kora, vocals and two Malian ngoni styles—the lute variety jeli ngoni and harp-styled kamelen “youth” ngoni. Special guests include members of Asheville, N.C.-based Toubab Krewe.

Mande Strings provides a unique perspective on the range of scales and rhythms which formed the backbone of much American music, and permeates West African music today. The show promises to be riveting for jazz, blues, and rock artists, as well as world music enthusiasts.

The concert tour supports this semester’s education exchange of the children of the Mande Strings artists with American musician children and teachers, and the endowment of an annual semester abroad for the children in the Cradle of Jazz Project (CoJP) Education Initiative.

For more information, contact the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086. Or contact Julie Moore, Adjunct Professor of World Music, (864) 294-2176 or


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