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Fula Brothers: West African Grooves & Global Guitar

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Master West African kamale ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe and fingerstyle guitar wizard Walter Strauss create deep, soulful music that is simultaneously ancient and fresh. Along with drummer Mike Wofchuk, they create an intoxicating blend through intertwining melodic grooves, spirited improvisation, and songs in two languages.


Multi-award-winning composer and musician Mamadou Sidibe plays the West African hunter's harp (kamale ngoni). Hailing from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa, Sidibe has toured with Malian greats Oumou Sangare, Coumba Sidibe, and Toumani Diabate in Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

Walter Strauss is a "wizard of the fingerstyle guitar" (Folk and Roots), who weaves elements of American roots and jazz with music from West Africa and other global music traditions. He layers on highly articulated melodies and harmonies, rhythms and counter-rhythms, creating an impression he is playing multiple instruments at once. Strauss performs internationally, both solo and in collaborations, with artists as varied as Grammy-winning Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate, American guitarist Alex de Grassi, and Scottish fiddler Jonny Hardie.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby). 

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!