Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Africa Unplugged 

When: Fri., Dec. 7, 9 p.m. 2012

What: 

Aside from introducing area audiences to harp-banjo-dulcimer centaur the kora, Senegalese émigré Diali Cissokho has also effectively and impressively put his instrument at the helm of a rock band. Sure, some of this ensemble's drums are played with hands rather than sticks, and Kaira Ba's songs aren't erected or edited for typical formats. But the dynamics at work within this five-piece—the way the songs build, spiral and surge into moments of sudden triumph—should sync well with new Western listeners. Kaira Ba just might be the state's next great export. The seven-piece Africa Unplugged opens. —Grayson Currin

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