Getting to know Baaba Maal

About Baaba Maal

By Andy Rodriguez

Baaba Maal is a Senegalese musician whose experiences and influences know no bounds.  Following the nomadic soul of the Fula People, this artist traveled - and continues to travel - across the globe, embracing the cultures he encounters along the way. Not only does he create an exciting experience for those that listen to him, but he also takes some of the surrounding sounds and finds a way to incorporate them into his own music. He follows the music and the music, in turn, follows him.

Over the years, Baaba Maal has created a discography inspired by traditional Western African music, R&B, jazz, reggae, and even electronic music. These sounds have culminated into songs that create their own atmosphere. It’s all brought together and unified under the messages and themes he has taken from his experiences, as well as lessons that have been passed down to him from the Fula people.

He has taken his extraordinary talents across the global stage, and now he’s bringing that experience to the Arvada Center. August 5, we’re presenting a Cultural Event and Concert in partnership with the African Leadership Group’s annual Afrik Impact fundraiser. The day of cultural events and celebrations will also feature West African food, music, and a fashion show featuring the work of Senegalese designer Oumou Sy. 

Click here to learn more about our Day of African Culture event

The African Leadership Group (ALG) is an established 17-year-old Colorado nonprofit created to serve and  improve the quality of life of the African immigrant community. Every year during the month of August, we host a major community event, Afrik Impact, to celebrate loudly and proudly the impact African immigrants have in the state of Colorado.  The theme this year is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.”

This show will be a treasured experience for anyone visiting, so end this summer with a musical blast and come enjoy his live performance in our Outdoor Amphitheatre on August 5th.

Get to know even more about Baaba Maal through his official website

Get a taste of what’s to come below by listening to Baaba Maal and join us this summer!

 

“Yerimayo Celebration” and "Agreement" from his latest album, Being

Along with incorporating great influences into his work, Baaba Maal has also worked and collaborated with other bands and artists such as The Very Best, Mumford & Sons, and Ludwig Göransson - the last of which he partnered with in order to help create the iconic sounds of “Wakanda '' in the film Black Panther.

“There Will Be Time” by Mumford and Sons and Baaba Maal

“Freak Out” featuring The Very Best

“Wakanda” by Ludwig Göransson and Baaba Maal

Baaba Maal performing with collaborators on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever live at San Diego Comic Con

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