Salif Keita

Event has passed (Sun Sep 7, 2014 - Mon Sep 8, 2014)
Former Yoshi's San Francisco Location - Now Closed
$29 - $35
Music, Acoustic Music, Funk, Jazz, World Music


Salif Keita

Acoustic Tour
Sun - Mon, Sep 7-8

Sunday, Sep 7
7 pm $35
9 pm $29

Monday, Sep 8
8 pm $33

Salif Keita gave up a lot to pursue his dreams of a career in music. Born albinos, he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community. In Mandinka culture albinism is seen as a sign of bad luck and there are beliefs that it's a mark of the devil. From a royal lineage, with ancestral roots going back to Soundjata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire in 1240, Keita was disowned by his father after announcing his plans to play music. Keita's dreams, however, were too strong to be shattered.

Keita has extended musical frontiers and carved out a distinctive musical voice, in which rock, funk and jazz combine with the deepest West African griot traditions. He has received musical as well as political and humanitarian acknowledgements, and, throughout his life, has tried to transmit a message of peace through his stunning music which has dictated the standards of contemporary mandingo creation.