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Artisphere, a venue in Arlington with which I am not familiar has two upcoming shows with African performers.  Both are $15 with advance purchase.

1.  On September 28, the Malian Sidi Toure will be performing.

2.  On October 19, a Nigerien band, Tal National (with which I am amazingly not familiar despite spending significant time in the country) will perform alongside Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang.  Janka is originally from Sierra Leone, the rest of the gang hails from Brooklyn I believe.

* My part 2 post will cover a venue in DC that has shows with west African performers (from two of the same countries I mention here ironically) at the end of this month and early October.  I plan to attend both of these.  Can any readers guess what venue I’m talking about?