Hello, everyone and welcome. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land.
Welcome to the 28th Sydney Festival free concert in this beautiful setting.
Tonight, we're taking you on a trip to Africa via the rhythms and melodies of Mali and its two most gifted musicians - the revered Toumani Diabate with his super-charged dance band, The Symmetric Orchestra, and rising world music star, Vieux Farka Toure in his Australian debut performance.
This is a real musical feast, combining traditional and innovative contemporary sounds with an amazing array of instruments.
The City of Sydney is proud to be a Principal Supporter of Sydney Festival and I acknowledge ANZ and The Daily Telegraph as co-sponsors of this event.
So sit back - or rather stand up and dance - and enjoy the summer sounds of Toumani Diabate, the Symmetric Orchestra, and Vieux Farka Toure.
Have a great night!