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BEMAC Presents: Jaaleekaay with Special Guest Grace Barbé

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Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC) is presenting the fabulous Jaaleekaay and Special Guest Grace Barbé at the Queensland Multicultural Centre (QMC) in Kangaroo Point.

To be held in QMC's premiere venue space at 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point on Friday, 22 April, 2016 this mesmerising musical spectacular starts at 7.30pm and will keep you rapt for the next two hours.

Tickets for this amazing show are priced at just $30 per person or $25 for concessional and member bookings. Click here and purchase your tickets on-line.

'Jaaleekaay', meaning 'crossing point' in the Wolof language of West Africa, has been adapted by the Australian-Gambian musical collaboration of Steve Berry, Yusupha Ngum and Amadou Suso. Together, they blend ancient cultural traditions of Gambia into contemporary musical virtuosity thanks to Berry's consummate guitar playing, Ngum's exquisite Wolof language singing and Suso's masterful kora.

For Steve, Jaaleekay is a natural extension of his work with Music Outback Foundation, the organisation he founded in 2001 as a vehicle for seeking social justice, to pursue musical endeavours and to connect Western economies with world-class musicians from developing countries.

Yusupha is from a griot family and his late father Musa Ngum was one of West Africa's most renowned singers and proponents of the Mbalax musical tradition, a fusion of popular Western music with traditional drumming and dance from Senegal.

Amadou is a direct descendent of Korea Musa Suso, also a griot musician, who first introduced the Kora to the world 760 years ago.

Jaaleekaay captures hearts and minds with a soul-played music style that continues to build connections between Gambia and the global music scene. Now, in 2016, they have a new self-titled album and are touring Australia in support of its release.

Check out this beautiful musical collaboration here:

By incorporating the energetic fusion of tropical island rhythms of Seychelles islander, Grace Barbé who is already well on her way to becoming the next diva of world music in the tradition of Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba, Jaaleekaay will captivate your heart and mind as you experience the globe-spanning fusion of traditional and contemporary musical backgrounds and influences.

Make sure you take this opportunity to catch Grace Barbé while you can! Grace has performed at Australia's leading music festivals including Byron Bay Bluesfest, WOMADelaide and Woodford plus internationally at SAKIFO and IOMMA (La Reunion), Reggae Donnsa (Mauritius) and Carnivale Internationale de Victoria (Seychelles). She has also been recognised as the 'Best World Act' for five years in a row in her adopted home state of Western Australia. Grace will astound you with her tropical island rhythms and unique Afro-kreol style.

For more information on BEMAC's fantastic night out with Jaaleekaay and special guest Grace Barbé check out the web site here and the BEMAC Facebook page here.

For more general information on BEMAC and its activities check out the web page here, phone BEMAC on 3391 4433 or email at
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Why? This is the only chance you will have to hear such a wonderful combination of beautiful music.
When: Friday, 22 April, 2016 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm
Phone: 3391 4433
Where: Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point
Cost: $30 per person or $25 for concessional and BEMAC members
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