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United Nation's 75th Anniversary With Yacine Boularès, Ajoyo & Yacouba Sissoko!

On October 21, at 6 p.m EST, Yacine Boularès & his group Ajoyo will perform in a virtual concert organized by the National Arts Club for the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. For the occasion, the Franco-Tunisian artist and his group, who work at the intersection of African traditions, jazz, and soul, will be accompanied by master kora player, Yacouba Sissoko. Reserve your free tickets for this not-to-be-missed performance here! Note that you can donate to the NAC Artist Fellows program, which helps to further the careers of up-and-coming artists.

Yacouba Sissoko, a traditional musician from Mali, incorporates a variety of musical influences into his repertoire and, in doing so, has developed his own unique style of kora. He was selected as a Teaching Artist by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall from 2016 onwards.

A former graduate of the Paris National Conservatory, Yacine Boulares has lived in New York since his admission to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Exposed to different sounds and inspirations, Boulares started touring for renowned musicians such as Fela Kuti's former drummer, Jojo Kuo, and the legendary Haitian Kompa band Tabou Combo. These various collaborations allowed him to get closer to his Tunisian roots, leading him to compose on several collaborative albums, including "Encanto del Mar", which revisits the forgotten repertoire of the Tunisian stambeli, and Abu Sadiya. These albums won respectively in 2016 and 2018, the Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture as well as the Brooklyn Arts Fund (2016 & 2018).

In 2019, Yacine Boularès presented Ajoyo with a new group. Born from the artist's multi-instrumentalist vision, the Afro-beat project offers an experience that links musicians to their audience. This project is the product of the artist's diverse influences, as well as the culmination of his reflections on his identity, and his explorations of and research about North and West African rhythms. Surrounded by a group that is also reconciling this double heritage, the music and lyrics of the album are Yacine Boularès' way of sharing a celebration of life, love, and justice through music that comes from the heart as well as the mind of a brilliant artist. Yacine Boularès is a 2019 grantee of Jazz and New Music, a program of the FACE Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

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