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Apollo Music Cafe, April 1 & 2, 2011. Born in Burkina Faso and raised in Cote d'Ivoire, Mai Lingani is one of the most popular singers and song writers in her native Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is also distinguished internationally for her innovative interpretations of modern and traditional music. Mai's international carrier regularly takes her back to Europe and Africa. Lingani performed as a singer and dancer with many top musicians in important venues, mostly as a soloist performing music composed herself, but occasionally also as a background vocalist and dancer accompanying other artists. She also leads occasional workshops and seminars teaching African music and dance at universities. Venues of performances as lead singer include: Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House, Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage, Cleveland Art Museum, Detroit Art Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY), Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), Newman Center at University of Denver, Montreal Jazz Festival, Luminato Festival (Toronto), Opéra de Monte Carlo, Teatro Massimo Vincenzo Bellini (Catania, Italia), Mozart Hall of the Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria), Schrittmacher Festival at Ludwig-Forum (Aachen, Germany), Jahrhundertmusik-Festival (Munich, Germany), Opéra de Verviers (Belgium), Wereldculturcentrum Zuiderpershuis (Antwerpen, Belgium), World Music Meeting (Nijmegen, Netherlands), and many others. Mai Lingani’s music combines a deep knowledge of Burkina Faso's traditional music with the open-mindedness of a true musical innovator.