UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) regretfully announces the cancellation of internationally acclaimed Afro-pop vocalist Salif Keita's scheduled performance on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Under doctor's orders, Mr. Keita, a longtime ambassador of Malian music, has been forced to cancel his 2018 U.S. tour, including his performance at CAP UCLA at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
In a statement, Mr. Keita apologizes to all his fans and hopes to be able to perform at a later date.
CAP UCLA and The Theatre at Ace Hotel join with his many fans in Los Angeles and around the world in wishing Mr. Keita our sincere best wishes for a complete and swift recovery.
All concert ticket holders will be fully refunded by UCLA Central Ticket Office, The Theatre at Ace Hotel box office or AXS, where tickets were purchased.
“Africa’s ﬁnest and most soulful singer." —The Guardian
Internationally acclaimed vocalist Salif Keita has been a driving force in the Afro-pop movement since the early 1970s when he fled his native country of Mali and resettled in Cote d’Ivoire. A direct descendant of Sunjata Keita, who founded the Malian Empire in 1240, Salif was born with albinism, a sign of extreme bad luck in Mandinka culture, and he was ostracized by his family and left home as a teenager. His choice to become a musician was taboo, as members of the royal caste are forbidden from becoming musicians, a profession generally reserved for the lower jeli (griot) caste. He has traveled the world with his band Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux and recorded with such well-known American musicians as Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding. In addition to his musical career, he and his wife have started a foundation, the Salif Keita Global Foundation, which advocates for the rights and basic safety of albinos, particularly in Africa, where they are often targets of violence.