Published Feb 19, 2020Toronto's Aga Khan Museum has announced an in-house residency from Grammy-nominated Senegalese singer, guitarist and percussionist Baaba Maal. The artist will perform as a part of the museum's Listening to Each Other program later this week.
Maal will perform two sets in the museum's intimate 336-seat auditorium on February 21 and 22, with his performances centring on his "Duniya Salaam" ethos, an Arabic phrase that translates to "world peace."
In conversation with Metroland Media Toronto, Maal spoke about his excitement to join Aga Khan's diverse programming, just in time for Black History Month.
"I'm looking to meet people, to talk to them and exchange ideas," he said, "To stand up together to bring awareness about how important it is — in this world, in this particular time — to see peace happening all over the planet."
He continued: "Everything is a legacy and Africa is still giving. To celebrate Black history is to celebrate all these lessons of life, of knowledge, of culture."
In keeping with the museum's programming, Maal will also participate in youth workshops and panel discussions during his stay. For more information, visit the Aga Khan Museum website here.
Maal's latest record was 2016's The Traveller. The last time he performed in North America was with Mumford & Sons in that same year at Toronto's Budweiser Stage.
Advance tickets for either performance can be purchased here. Each ticket includes free admission to the Aga Khan's exhibitions.