Early Bird Special (until May 17) - $105 / $95 for WMI Members
General Admission (after May 17) - $125 / $105 for WMI Members
Please join us for an evening of live music, food & drinks, and a silent auction. Net proceeds will benefit WMI's 2019/2020 season.
Farah Siraj: Named Jordan's musical ambassadress, Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center in New York, just to name a few. Farah represents Jordan annually on the United Nations World Peace Day. Farah serves on the WMI Honorary Board.
Balla Kouyaté was born in Mali and was raised in the Djeli tradition. His knowledge of the traditional Malian repertoire is unparalleled. Today, the first balafon, over 1,000 years old, remains in his family, guarded by his father, El Hadj Sekou Kouyaté. Since coming to the US in 2000, his collaborations with western artists in a variety of musical styles brought the need for innovation. He thus created a chromatic instrument using two balafons. Balla's superior musicianship has been featured on over 45 recordings with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Angelique Kidjo, and Vusi Mahlesela.