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Norton Announces D.C. Native Amadou Kouyate as First Music on the Mall Performer

June 9, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. (at large), issued the following news release:

The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that D.C. native Amadou Kouyate will kick off Lunchtime Music on the Mall with this season's first performance, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from noon until 1:30 p.m., on the National Mall, by the Smithsonian Metro Station, at 12th St. and Jefferson Dr. SW. The performances, which will take place every Tuesday and Thursday during the lunchtime hours in the summer, will include gypsy jazz, indie pop, traditional North Indian classical music, acoustic soul, traditional Irish folk, West African percussion, classic rock and much more. The full list of the first month's performers will be released shortly.

Amadou Kouyate, in a convergence of traditional and contemporary music from the African diaspora and beyond, performs on the djembe drum, the Kora - the 21-string harp of West Africa - and other African instruments. In addition to being selected as a 2013-2014 Strathmore Artist in Residence and receiving the Maryland Start Arts Council Governor's Citation, Kouyate has received various awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Special Talents and Musical Theatre Scholarships at Howard University and Levine School of Music.

"In Amadou Kouyate, we are thrilled to have such a well-known and multi-faceted musician performing at our Music on the Mall kickoff," said Norton. "On top of all of that, he's a D.C. native. Kouyate and the performers that will follow him will bring people and energy to the Mall every Tuesday and Thursday this summer."

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