Awa Sangho of Mali brings her Afrobeat dance party to Flatbread


Motema Music and Media Voices for Children will bring Awa Sangho, “the Golden Voice of Mali,” to Martha’s Vineyard for a night of music at Flatbread Co. adjacent to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport in Edgartown, this Thursday, July 11.

Media Voices for Children, a local film group headed by Len and Georgia Morris, is raising money for the final editing of their new film, “The Same Heart,” a film that proposes a way to lift one billion children out of devastating chronic poverty.

The music of the cultures of Northern Mali shaped Awa as a child. As a young woman, she moved to Ivory Coast where she became immersed in the West African music scene, composing songs and recording five popular albums, which led to her first world tours.

Awa, who learned song-craft from Ali Farka Touré, has since toured with a who’s who of African music: Salif Keïta, Manu Dibango, Amadou and Mariam, Habibe Koité, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Marc Cary, Bassekou Kouyaté, and Oumu Sangaré.

Awa will be joined by master percussionist Daniel Moreno, who has collaborated with countless jazz and world music legends from George Benson and Roy Haynes to Chico Buarque. Awa and Daniel’s 7-piece band of musicians will rock the house with their West African beat.

The show begins at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $25; $20 in advance available online at, aboveground Records in Edgartown, Corner Five in Oak Bluffs, The Green Room in Vineyard Haven, and Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury.

A VIP Reception starts at 8 pm. Meet Awa and her musicians, enjoy the Prosecco Bar, and dine on Flatbread pizza. VIP tickets are $75 at or call Media Voices for Children at 508-693-0752.

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