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Acoustic Africa 

When: Sat., April 16, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $8-$35

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 ACOUSTIC AFRICA

In its fourth edition, Acoustic Africa pairs South Africa's Vusi Mahlasela and Mali's Habib Koité, two of the continent's most popular singer-songwriters and guitarists. Though Koité grew up influenced by both Malian music and the pyrotechnics of Jimi Hendrix, his style of open-tuned guitar actually favors flamenco and jazz. He complements that largely placid playing with smooth, trilingual vocals. The better-known Mahlasela—at least on this side of the ocean, thanks to collaborations with Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, and Taj Mahal—has rightfully earned his moniker as "The Voice of South Africa" for his artistic contributions that helped inspire anti-apartheid activists and for his impassioned singing. His nimble guitar work folds contemporary pop and folk into African traditions. —Spencer Griffith

N.C. STATE'S STEWART THEATRE, RALEIGH 8 p.m., $8–$35, live.arts.ncsu.edu

THURSDAY, APRIL 14–SUNDAY, APRIL 17

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