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Harbourfront Centre and Music Africa present Salif Keita
Malian Afro-Pop World fusion music legend has a rare Canadian
performance at Harbourfront Centre Thursday July 6, 2006

TORONTO, May 5, 2006 - Harbourfront Centre and Music Africa present a rare Canadian appearance by Malian Afro-Pop originator and World fusion music legend Salif Keita. This ticketed concert takes place at the Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage on Thursday July 6, 2006. Advance tickets are $26.75 ($30 day of performance).

Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office by calling 416-973-4000 and online through Ticketmaster.ca (416-870-8000). Concerts take place at Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage at 235 Queens Quay West in Toronto, Canada. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Performances begin at 8 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. This concert is a general admission event. Tickets do not gaurantee seating.

For more information the public can also call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Highlighting the shared vision of Harbourfront Centre and Music Africa in promoting African and World music, this concert is also the official launch of Afrofest 2006. Continuing at Queen's Park on July 8 and July 9, Afrofest is Toronto's annual celebration of African music, established in 1989 and now North America's largest and longest running festival of African music. Visit Music Africa's web site at www.musicafrica.org for full festival details.

Salif Keita Artist Info:
For artist audio files and interviews, hi-res pics and
press coverage visit http://www.eyefortalent.com/
Artist website at http://salifkeita.artistes.universalmusic.fr/

Malian Afro-Pop and World fusion icon Salif Keita is revered and admired worldwide for his unforgettable live shows, soaring vocals and the emotional range of his songs. For more than three decades, Keita has engagingly blended West African, Cuban, Spanish, Portuguese and Islamic musical styles. His continuing career encompasses such milestones as the African standard Mandjou, the Blues Rock fusion of Soro (1987) and 1991’s Amen (which featured Wayne Shorter and Carlos Santana among others). Amen was the first album ever to win an African band leader a Grammy nomination.

Keita has conquered adversity throughout his life - first as an albino and later for his decision to become a musician (which challenged the 800 year old traditions of his Malian Royal family heritage). His musical career began as a member of the legendary Rail Band (which included guitarist and longtime collaborator Kanté Manfila). From 1973 to 1984, Keita and Manfila were part of Les Ambassadeurs - an important Malian ensemble. From that group came the signature song Mandjou, which Keita has recorded throughout his storied solo career. Keita solo has defined today's Afro-Pop genre with seminal releases like Soro, Folon and Papa. His sound remains vital on current releases like 2002's Moffou (which featured Cesaria Evoria and the return of Manfila) and on M’Bemba (2005). This latest album is a literal return to his roots (it was recorded at his new home studio in Mali) and features Manfila, kora legend Touman Diabaté and a guest vocal by Buju Banton.

Media Contacts:
For Harbourfront Centre - Shane Gerard, 416-973-4655, sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
For Music Africa - Michael Stohr, 416-894-0552, stohrmi@rogers.com

Harbourfront Centre Focus - The Power Of Place (June through December 2006)
Geography, history, memory all guide us as we struggle to find a sense of belonging and identity. They can direct us as clearly as a map or a compass. But does your heritage define you or does it make you part of a community? Do you belong to your neighbourhood or does it belong to you? What is your place in the world? Power of Place is part of an ongoing exploration of ideas-based programming at Harbourfront Centre, June through December 2006.
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