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Providence International Arts Festival
June 13, 2015, 11 PM – Alex and Ani City Center Stage

UPDATE 6/12/15: The US Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems and their system is down around the globe, and there are travelers affected by this world-wide.

The Providence International Arts Festival is disappointed to announce that Oumou Sangaré will not be able to travel to appear at the Festival. We hope to bring her to Providence to perform at another time. The concert with Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding will go on as scheduled at 11 PM at the Alex and Ani City Center.

Oumou Sangaré, or “Sangaré the Songbird,” is Mali’s great diva and a Grammy Award-winning international star. Sangaré the Songbird carries on that tradition with her spellbinding vocals and powerful songs that strike deep in the heart, using music to comment on life as it really is. Oumou Sangaré’s huge natural range and sense of rhythm is both remarkable and effortless; by turn deep and powerful, soaring and sensuous. At the Festival on the Niger, “The voice of Oumou Sangaré is like a burning fire over the staccato punch of electric bass, the rattle of djembe drum, and the crack of cowrie on calabash.” In keeping with PIAF’s focus on the world-class in the Creative Capital and abroad, she teams up with her Malian countryman Sidy Maiga, winner of the 2011 RI State Council on the Arts Folk Arts Fellowship and a Rhode Island-based master drummer in whose hands the djembe sings, laughs, whispers and electrifies.

Visit the community portal for information and ideas about how to participate. You’ll find a call for public art, opportunities to perform, and a request for programming at local venues. Stay tuned for more details!