3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
[MANDINKA MASTER] One of the reigning deities of Afropop, the Mansa of Mali, Salif Keita, who just turned 65, is still innovating. After earlier incorporating funk, jazz, rock and even salsa influences during his distinguished career, his latest album adds electronic dance elements, deep bass and even string arrangements to the traditional instruments (n'goni, balafon, calabash), reversing the process that Western rockers like David Byrne, Brian Eno and Peter Gabriel pulled off a generation ago. With a touring lineup featuring guitar as well as traditional instruments including the beautiful kora harp, who knows how much electronica we'll hear? Really, all that matters is the albino griot's sublime tenor singing, which still soars.
Where: Aladdin Theater
Address: 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.