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World Music Tour ’09
Mon, Sep 21


 Start: 7:30

Tickets: $25 Call Ticket Centre 403 329 SEAT or


Bridges of Hope International Network of Development Agencies presents a 5-city tour of cultural music featuring the exploding rhythms of Noumoufassa, members of international touring group Manding Jata ( and Bridgette Yarwood and Josh Fritz.

This "complex cultural circus" (Adelaide Advertiser, Australia) features authentic West African music, and dance from the ancient Manding Empire, home of the fabled city of Timbuktu. "The thrills explode" (The Vancouver Sun) during this "dazzling display" (Pittsburgh Post Gazette) for the entire family.


All proceeds will benefit Bridges of Hope's programs in Africa.


Manding Jata presents the music dance and oral traditions of the Mande speaking peoples of West Africa. Manding Jata transcends colonial borders and refers back to the timeless cultural heritage of the great Mali Empire. Much of the repertoire comes from this golden age, between the 13th and 15th centuries.
Manding Jata presentations are a study in contrast. From the “delicate” and “angelic” sounds of the kora, to a full djembe drum ensemble. From the whir of the nyri nyro and subtle ambience of arythmical audience finger snaps, to the “magical” sonority of Mandinka and Bamana balafons…
Performances have been variously described as “transcendent” and “a complex cultural circus,” while the dancing has been described as “a dazzling display of strength, grace and acrobatics.”
The artists of Manding Jata come from the heart of Mande culture. They are jalis – hereditary musical and oral historians with a seven hundred year heritage as musicians and interlocutors to the royal courts of the Mali or Manding Empire. Almost all have served as principal musicians or dancers with their countries national cultural troupe before joining Manding Jata ~ the Lion of Mali. Audiences worldwide are celebrating this unique cultural experience.




Yates Theatre-Sterndale Bennett Theatre
1002 - 4 Avenue South.
T1J 0P6
Country: ca


The Yates Theatre is located downtown next to Lethbidge City Hall. It is a great room which hosts a variety of shows including music and comedy from Ian Tyson to Ron James.

 The Genevieve E. Yates Memorial Centre consists of two performance spaces, the Yates Theatre, a 486 seat proscenium theatre, and the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, a black box theatre with a maximum audience capacity of 180. Several facilities are shared between the two theatres. These include a costume construction/sewing room; a set construction workshop; set, costume, and property storage areas; offices; box office and concessions. In addition to serving as a performance venue, the Yates Memorial Centre also houses an art gallery in the upper mezzanine area. Works from new and established visual artists are displayed on a rotating basis for the enjoyment of both theatre patrons and the general public. 

Ticket Centre - (403) 329-7328