Event Details

Tani Diakite
& the Afrofunkstars

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
6:00 PM
South Outdoor Terrace

Tani Diakite & the Afrofunkstars


You are invited to spend the evening at Monroe Arts Center for the final Summer of Music concert. The concert is from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the south outdoor terrace (on corner of 11th Street and 14th Avenue) of Monroe Arts Center. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Madison’s Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars will get listeners up and moving as they play West African blues, funk, and rhythm music. Tani Diakite is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. With his Kamale n'goni, a West African ancestor to the banjo, and his plaintive singing, he never fails to drop the deepest blues around.

The Kamale N'goni is a smaller, more popular version of this instrument. It is the centerpiece of a popular style of music from Mali called Wasulu Music. When you hear the blues played by Tani Diakite and the Afrofunkstars, you'll understand why it is often said that Mali is the birthplace of the blues. The Kamale N'goni is one of several African instruments that preceded the banjo, so you'll hear similarities to bluegrass music as well.

A variety of beverages, including a selection of wines from Bailey’s Run Vineyard and Winery, will be available for purchase before and during the concert.  The concert will take place as scheduled rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall.

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be presented in MAC's Gunderson Stiles Concert Hall.