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Habib Koite strums his guitar in a single spotlight. Photo by Michel De Bock

Habib Koité & Bamada

Habib Koité & Bamada

Saturday, November 19
8pm in Stewart Theatre
$30-$35 | $8 NC State Students | $15 Faculty/Staff
PRE-SHOW DINNER at 1887 BISTRO (reservations required)

If you prefer to buy your tickets in person, the box office will be open one hour before showtime for cashless sales. You can also make an appointment with Ticket Central by emailing

About the Event

One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal whose musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. He lit up our stage four times in the early aughts and is overdue for a return visit.

Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. His artistry and magnetic personality have delighted audiences the world over, and placed him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music. Bonnie Raitt proclaims, “first there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray, and now Habib.”

Habib’s music reflects the griot’s open spirit. His compositions travel through a rich Malian heritage while building the foundations of a resolutely modern music.

His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical…”

-The New York Times


Before Habib takes the stage, join us in NC State’s 1887 Bistro for an elegant three-course prix fixe meal inspired by the cuisine of Mali. Dinner is $38.95 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer. Doors open at 5:30pm. Reservations required. Reserve online or at the box office when you buy your concert ticket.

diners sharing a meal in 1887 bistro
Faculty, students and staff enjoy lunch at the 1887 bistro at the Talley Student Union. Photo by Marc


NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.