Thurs, April 15, Baaba Maal
Mondavi Center, 8 p.m., $12.50-$45
Davis, CA 95616
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal makes music that’s both ethereal and spiritual and relentlessly, buoyantly pop—it’s uplifting in every sense of the word. Born to a fisherman in 1953 and expected to take up the same profession, Maal instead followed his mother’s path and indulged in a love for music, studying the craft in Dakar and Paris. Maal’s latest album, Television, featuring Brazilian Girls Didi Gutman and Sabina Sciubba, embodies a lifetime of influences, incorporating the likes of West African roots music with American folk, R&B, jazz, soul and sugarcoated, radio-ready pop. 9399 Old Davis Road on the UC Davis campus in Davis; www.mondaviarts.org.