Salif Keita headlines Juneteenth concert at the Terrace Theater

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salif keita concert terrace theaterInternationally recognized singer-song writer Salif Keita, known as “The Golden Voice of Africa,” will perform at the Terrace Theater  in celebration of Juneteenth, the annual American holiday commemorating the end of slavery.

Keita has been the goldsmith of modern Malian music for over 40 years, tirelessly pursuing his craft by extending musical frontiers. Cited as one of the greatest talents Africa has ever produced, he is unique because he is albino and a direct descendant of Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire.

Finding success in Europe as one of the African stars of world music, Keita made his first major U.S. breakthrough with “Tomorrow” and “Papa,” songs prominently featured on the original sound track for the 2001 motion picture, “Ali,” starring Will Smith.  In addition to numerous Grammy nominations, his most recent album, “La Différence,” won the Best World Music 2010 Award at the Victoires de la musique, the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards.  

The 25-member MusicUNTOLD Chorale, conducted by Zandia Robles, opens for Keita with Langston Hughes’ “I Dream a World” and “A Lincoln Letter,” with music composed by Ulysses Kay set to the text of Abraham Lincoln’s correspondence to a Confederate widow. The performance of “A Lincoln Letter” has the distinction of being the last endorsed performance by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The concert is presented by the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and Long Beach Central Area Association and MusicUNTOLD, http://www.musicuntold.com, a multidisciplinary organization devoted to presenting arts and educational programs that promote diversity and human dignity.

Internationally recognized singer-song writer Salif Keita, “The Golden Voice of Africa,” will perform at the Terrace Theater  Tuesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45, $35 and $25 and are available at the Terrace Theater Box Office (562) 436-3661 and Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, is located at 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802.

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