Lyceum program to feature two ‘string’ masters

STARKVILLE, Miss.–New York blues musician Eric Bibb and popular African
performer Habib Koite will be featured March 5 at Mississippi State’s second
Lyceum Series program of the spring semester.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.
General admission tickets are $15.

All seats, including those of season-ticket holders, temporarily are
considered general admission because of major Lee Hall renovations now under
way. Also, persons attending may only enter and exit through the
east-side–nearest to McCain Hall–doors.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.lyceum.msstate.edu–or the
university’s Center for Student Activities in Colvard Student Union Suite
314.

MSU students with valid identification cards may obtain free tickets via the
above online link. Advanced sign-up is encouraged.

Bibb received his first guitar at age seven and began performing
professionally less than a decade later. His inaugural album, “Good Stuff,”
was released in 1997; by 2008, he was a nominee for the Blues Music Awards’
acoustic artist of the year. Also a Grammy Award nominee, he collaborated
with Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster on “Get Onboard.” For more, visit
www.ericbibb.com.

Koite was born into a line of West African troubadours and storytellers
known as griots. A former student at Mali’s National Institute of Arts, his
musical style takes a different approach to guitar play. Tuning his
instrument to the pentatonic scale, he often plays on open strings much as
he would on a kamale n’goni, the string instrument common to his region made
from a dried bottle gourd covered by a stretched animal skin. For more,
visit www.habibkoite.com.

Last year, the two artists collaborated on a CD title “Brothers in Bamako,”
which one reviewer found “relaxing, comforting, like wrapping yourself in a
big musical blanket.”

For more information on the concert, telephone 662-325-2930.