Brighton Festival 2020Public booking opens: Wed 19 Feb, 9am

Past Festivals

Past Event

Rokia Traoré

Dream Mandé: Djata


UK Premiere

‘…not a simple concert, but a complete show’ Le Monde

Dream Mandé: Djata is a masterpiece of oral history using wordsmiths and musicians in the Mandinka tradition. The show melds together traditional griot structures with Traoré’s own narrative, to tell the age-old epic of Mandinka civilisation, using parts of the legend of Soundiata Keïta – the powerful founding father to the Malian empire. 

The result is a delicate, intimate, profoundly moving musical story of this ancient and underappreciated culture. It is a reinterpretation that celebrates the flexible style and solid structure of handed down oral and written history, music and community of the Mandinka people.

Accompanied by a fina – a bard or cultural master of the word, the kora, the n’goni and a djéli – a musical master, Traoré preserves the dramatics, original essence and meaning of a griot story in a foreign language

Contemporary Music
Tue 21 May, 8pm
£15, £18.50, £22.50, £25 Under 26 £18.50*

Festival Standby £10**

**For this event there are £10 Festival Standby tickets available to book in advance. Simply select the STANDBY IN ADVANCE price type.
Festival Standbys only are available to under 26’s, over 60s, JSA/ESA or Universal Credit, registered disabled/DLA or PIP, Equity/ BECTU/SDUK, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival Members, Brighton Festival artists and those with Pay-It-Forward vouchers. Please bring some proof of eligibility with you to the venue and when collecting tickets.