Alif Naaba, a leading folk musician from Burkina Faso, is visiting Vietnam next week to perform at the French festivals organized in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
The singer, a winner of French music award Visa pour la création (Passport to Creation), will have his first show at 8 p.m. on March 20 at IDECAF.
His Hanoi’s show will start around the same time one day later at L’Espace.
Naaba, 33, sings “earnest admonitions above briskly fingerpicked six‐beat webs of guitar and percussion, a gentler but no less engrossing counterpart to music from neighboring Mali”, the New York Times wrote about his performance at the Globalfest 2010 in New York.
He was named artist of the year in 2010 by one of the main dailies in Burkina Faso, the Paalga Observator, and within a few years became a top musician in West Africa.
He wrote the music for the musical comedy "Nguwino Ubeho" produced for the 15th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide in 2009.