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Skirball Cultural Center opens sunset concert series with Noura Mint Seymali

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Los Angeles – The Skirball Cultural Center opens its 18th annual Sunset Concerts with the California debut of Noura Mint Seymali, Mauritania's foremost musical ambassador on July 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Noura’s contemporary, full-throttle take on Moorish griot (poet/storyteller) music, has captivated audiences around the globe, transporting fans to the crossroads of Arab and African traditions. Her vocals are backed by the exploratory, distortion-fueled guitar lines of her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly, and grounded by the funk-driven rhythms of Ousmane Touré on bass and Matthew Tinari on drums. Before the concert, Tom Schnabel, of KCRW’s “Rhythm Planet,” presents a DJ set starting at 7:00 p.m.

Noura Mint Seymali comes from a long line of musicians. Her father, Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, introduced Mauritanian music to the world, devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting music for the national anthem, and composing works popularized by his wife (and Noura’s stepmother), the great Dimi Mint Abba. Beginning as a backup singer for her stepmother, Noura now adapts Moorish music for contemporary times as one of Mauritania’s most adventurous young artists. Her songs showcase an electro-fusion of traditional Berber music, reggae, Afro-pop, funk, and desert blues.

The Skirball’s free concert series, Sunset Concerts, features an eclectic mix of traditions and styles. The six Thursday evenings are presented in the Skirball’s picturesque central courtyard. Sunset Concerts also invite Angelenos and out-of-towners alike to dine al fresco, visit the Museum galleries, and explore the Skirball’s distinctive architecture and hillside setting.

The full schedule of the 2014 Sunset Concerts is as follows: the California debut of Noura Mint Seymali (July 24); the California debut of Conjunto Chappotín y Sus Estrellas (July 31); The Haden Triplets (August 7); Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs (August 14); Yiddish Tango Club (August 21); and Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys (August 28). All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m.

For more info visit: www.skirball.org.

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