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Cheikh Lô Launches North American Tour Featuring New Album's "Music of Warmth and Grace" (Washington Post)

Cheikh Lô: Jamm [cover]

Senegalese singer-songwriter Cheikh Lô has returned to North America to play a series of venues and festivals featuring music from his critically acclaimed fifth album, Jamm. This will be the first opportunity for North American audiences to hear Lô performing songs from the album since its release on Nonesuch / World Circuit Records in July 2011. The tour begins at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC, tonight and includes a performance in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, sets at the New Orleans Jazz Fest and Louisiana International Festival, and shows in St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Chapel Hill, Ithaca, Montreal, and Toronto. See below for all the scheduled tour dates; for additional information and ticket links, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour.

The music of Jamm is "built on murmuring guitar, chattering percussion and Lô’s honeyed voice," writes the Washington Post's Mark Jenkins in a new album review in advance of tonight's tour-opening concert in DC. The album's "easy rhythms underpin music of warmth and grace."

Jamm received critical praise in the UK and Europe with Uncut calling it the "African album of the year" and the Guardian saying "Cheikh Lô is back with an album that reconfirms his position as one of the finest, one of the most soulful singers in West Africa." On its North American release, Downbeat awarded the album four stars, describing it as Lô's "best work since the mid-90s."

A superb singer and songwriter as well as a distinctive guitarist, percussionist and drummer Lô has personalized and distilled a variety of influences from West and Central Africa, to create a style that is uniquely his own. Described as "one of the most persuasive, unique and charismatic performers on the world music circuit" (BBC) these dates give North American audiences a rare opportunity to see this remarkable performer play live.

CHEIKH LÔ ON TOUR

Apr 11 Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University Washington, DC
Apr 12 University of Missouri, St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Apr 13 Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, MI
Apr 14 Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Apr 19 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
Apr 20 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Apr 21 Le Cabaret du Mile End Montreal, QC
Apr 25 The Great Hall Toronto, ON
Apr 27 Louisiana International Festival Lafayette, LA
Apr 28 New Orleans Jazz Fest New Orleans, LA
Apr 29 Louisiana International Festival Lafayette, LA

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