Just having one of these musicians on stage would be reason enough to attend this concert, but having the three of them—all acclaimed singers, instrumentalists and songwriters in their own right—sharing the same space is enough to music lovers to make a run to the box office.
Oliver Mtukudzi has had a long career as both a musician and an activist in his native Zimbabwe, and has toured extensively in the United States in support of his many releases (the last having been 2010’s “Rudaviro” (Heads Up). Habib Koite is an acclaimed guitarist known for his technique, personal tuning and playing style, while Afel Bocoum is known for his career alongside the late Ali Farka Toure.
The three musicians have several common traits—the first being the African continent, and another being their deep commitment to social issues in their homelands. For instance, Bocoum’s lyrics often reflect on the poverty and musicality of his people, while Mtukudzi (best known as “Tuku”) always has some kind of message to bring forward. One can only imagine how they sound together—which makes this a must-see for World Music fans. (Ernest Barteldes)
March 12 at Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 North Lincoln, (773)728-6000, 7pm and 10pm. $26-$30.