Next MSU Lyceum program to feature two ‘string’ masters

Date(s) - 03/05/2013
7:30 pm

Mississippi State University


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African musician Habib Koite, left, and New York bluesman Eric Bibb perform Tuesday [March 5] at Mississippi State.

STARKVILLE, Miss.–New York blues musician Eric Bibb and popular African performer Habib Koite will be featured March 5 at Mississippi State’s second Lyceum Series program of the spring semester.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will take place in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium. General admission tickets are $15.

All seats, including those of season-ticket holders, temporarily are considered general admission because of major Lee Hall renovations now under way. Also, persons attending may only enter and exit through the east-side–nearest to McCain Hall–doors.

To purchase tickets in advance, visit–or the university’s Center for Student Activities in Colvard Student Union Suite 314.

MSU students with valid identification cards may obtain free tickets via the above online link. Advanced sign-up is encouraged.

Bibb received his first guitar at age seven and began performing professionally less than a decade later. His inaugural album, “Good Stuff,” was released in 1997; by 2008, he was a nominee for the Blues Music Awards’ acoustic artist of the year. Also a Grammy Award nominee, he collaborated with Bonnie Raitt and Ruthie Foster on “Get Onboard.” For more, visit

Koite was born into a line of West African troubadours and storytellers known as griots. A former student at Mali’s National Institute of Arts, his musical style takes a different approach to guitar play. Tuning his instrument to the pentatonic scale, he often plays on open strings much as he would on a kamale n’goni, the string instrument common to his region made from a dried bottle gourd covered by a stretched animal skin. For more, visit

Last year, the two artists collaborated on a CD title “Brothers in Bamako,” which one reviewer found “relaxing, comforting, like wrapping yourself in a big musical blanket.”

For more information on the concert, telephone 662-325-2930.