Dubbed Africa Meets Appalachia, this performance is very much a blending of the styles of two established artists. Cheick Hamala, a West African historian in the Griot tradition and recognized master of the ngoni, a traditional Malian instrument, is a performer sought after in Africa, Europe, Asia, and Canada. Cheick began touring the US in 1995 and has performed in venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, the Kennedy Center, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Danny Knicely comes from a musical family with roots in mountain music for generations. He was first taught music by his grandfather, A.O. Knicely, who has been performing at dances and other events in the Shenandoah Valley since the 1930’s. Danny has used his background to explore music from all around the world. He has collaborated with other musicians in dozens of countries across four continents, including US State Department tours in Tunisia and Morocco.
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