After thrilling East London, South Africa, where more than 20 000 people came to see him perform at the Buyel’Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival in December, Africa’s legendary maestro Salif Keita is preparing to embark in one of the biggest music tours of his life.
The 2013 Talé Tour, in reference to his latest album Talé (by Universal Music), will kick off on 30 January 2013 in France, then proceed to Scotland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, England, Sweden, Australia, Singapore and New Zealand, and wind up in Norway.
One could be wrong to think that the Golden Voice of Africa used the SA music festival as a curtain-raiser for his upcoming tour in the developed world.
On the contrary, the descendent of the Great Soundiata Keita went back ‘home’ to SA, to not only perform, but also to be with his SA brothers and sisters – albeit briefly – during this festive season. This is where the Buyel’Ekhaya (meaning ‘go back home’) Festival comes in.
The event organisers say the message for the festival, now in its 4th edition, is simple: to encourage South Africans, including residents of the Eastern Cape Province, to return home during the festive season.
SA music luminaries who ‘came back home’ and featured in the 2013 Buyel’ Ekhaya Pan African Music Festival include:
- Vusi Mahlasela “the Voice”
- Simphiwe Dana
- Zakes Bantwini
Then, there is Isabel Novella from Mozambique, who also kept the mood elevated with her fine musical offerings, while dance acts popular trio Mi Casa also got the crowd up on their feet and grooving to their irresistible soulful house tunes.
Now that Keita came home and went back, his focus turn on the Talé Tour, whose programme looks like this:
- 30 January 2013: Vannes, France
- 1 February: Glasgow, Scotland
- 2 February: Conflans Ste Honorine, France
- 5 February: Rouen, France
- 6 February: Paris (Olympia)
- 7 February: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- 10 February Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- 13 February: London, England
- 16 February: Marne la Vallée, France
- 2 March: Stockholm, Sweden
- 3 February: Gothenburg, Sweden
- 10 March: Adelaide, Australia, Womad Festival
- 12 March: Singapore, Mosaic festival
- 16 March: New Plymouth, New Zealand, Womad Festival
- 7 May: Annemasse, France, Chateau Rouge
- 8 May: Six-fours, France, Espace Culturel
- 11 May: Stavanger, Norway, Mai Jazz Festival