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MaMuse and The Fula Brothers will come together at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., for an evening of soulful and groove-worthy music.

With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions and their hearts in the present, MaMuse — Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker — create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on.

Playing a variety of acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele and flutes and backed by drummer Mike Wofchuck, Nutting and Longaker weave together haunting harmonies, lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence and warm arrangements.

Formed 10 years ago in Chico, MaMuse has toured widely and released four albums, the most recent of which is “Heart Nouveau” (2015). MaMuse will release a fifth album in May.

The Fula Brothers is the high-spirited meeting of three seasoned touring performers. Featuring Malian hunter’s harp player Mamadou Sidibe, guitarist Walter Strauss and drummer Kendrick Freeman, The Fula Brothers light the dance floor with a West African-Californian groove.

Master kamale ngoni (hunter’s harp) player Mamadou Sidibe hails from Mali in West Africa. Twenty-five years ago, Sidibe played a groundbreaking role in the transformation of the region’s music from its origins in hunters’ sacred melodies played on six-string donso ngoni (traditional hunter’s harp) to music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. He was one of the first to expand the instrument’s range with two extra strings, creating the popular kamale ngoni, and recently devised 10 and 12-stringed kamale ngoni.

Fingerstyle guitarist Strauss draws on jazz, American roots, classical and global music traditions, and has collaborated with diverse artists including Grammy-winning Malian kora player Mamadou Diabate, Scottish fiddler Jonny Hardie (of Old Blind Dogs) and Grammy-nominated American guitarist Alex de Grassi.

Freeman toured internationally as long-time drummer for Grammy-winning, genre-bending banjo player Alison Brown. He has won support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.

Sidibe and Strauss most recently played The Palms as part of Mamajowali with Joe Craven.

The dance floor will be open.

Tickets are $22, and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.

For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, mamuse.org and walterstrauss.com/collaborations/fula-brothers.

 

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