Amazing artists take Charlottesville from Africa to Appalachia

Folklife Program

Pure magic happened in Charlottesville as Master Malian Griot Cheick Hamala Diabate joined two of Virginia’s finest traditional musicians, Sammy Shelor and Danny Knicely, for three days of musical collaboration and fellowship.

In town for a three day residency, these three amazing artists got together for private jam sessions, a public workshop at the Bridge PAI, a visit to WTJU FM, and a program for students at Jackson-Via Elementary School.

The signature event of the week was a scintillating evening performance to a standing-room-only crowd at the Jefferson School. The artists were joined by Hamala’s full band, as well as fine local artists Nate Leath, Aimee Curl, and Madeline Holly Sales of Beleza Brasil.

More than a history lesson, the evening featured three contemporary artists at the peak of their game, and spoke to the transformative and boundary crossing power of music.

MAAF_new_logo_color_smallThis Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project was funded by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

We also thank our producing partners: WTJU 91.1 FM, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

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