Fellows' Presentation, Performances

Neba Solo: Music for Peace in Mali

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

This is an Africanist event; faculty, students, and fellows are welcome.  

At 4 p.m.

Radcliffe Institute fellow Ingrid Monson will deliver a lecture about Neba Solo, Mali's superb balafonist, and the social and cultural history of Mali. Monson—the 2012–2013 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Harvard—is writing a book about Neba Solo titled “Kenedougou Visions.”

At 5:30 p.m.

There will be a brief reception, open to people attending Ingrid Monson's fellow's presentation and Neba Solo's performance.

At 6 p.m.

Neba Solo will present a concert of his virtuosic xylophone music and his socially conscious lyrics. Playing with his brother, Siaka Traoré, Neba Solo will debut his most recent composition, which calls for peace in Mali. In his lyrics, one can trace the history of the political and social problems that led to the collapse of the Malian government in March 2012.

The Radcliffe Institute is grateful for the support of the Harvard University Music Department, the Committee on African Studies, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research for helping make these events possible.