Songhoy Blues is acclaimed for its guitar mastery in the “desert blues” genre of contemporary North African music. The African rhythms underlying the music we know and love as “the Blues” traveled to the Americas via the Trans-Atlantic enslavement and trafficking of Africans. Join us pre-performance at Port City Music Hall as Marc Chillemi highlights the history of the Blues, from the environment in which it was created to its return to Africa via modern technology and use by Songhoy Blues. Chillemi is a Maine-based musician, arranger, performer, and composer with a B.A. in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music and M.A. in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern Maine. He has spent time in Cuba and plays with Primo Cubano and various other Latin and jazz ensembles.
The pre-performance lecture takes place at Port City Music Hall.
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