Andy Morgan Takes Us Through Mali’s Hip Hop Scene

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Writer and member of the Africa Express team,  Andy Morgan goes deep into Malian Hip Hop and Rap in his piece for Red Bull Music Academy. In his article, The Voice of The Voiceless, Morgan explores the political poignance of contemporary hip hop in Mali. Read this insightful look at the country’s changing musical landscape here.

 

 

Toumani and Sidiki ‘Father & Son’ Documentary

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Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki release their brand new album ‘Toumani and Sidiki‘ on May 5th. ‘Father & Son’, is the two part documentary that tells the story of this special collaboration.  ’If West Africa was a person, the griot would be the blood in this body’ says Toumani. Watch the world renowned kora player  discuss griot ancestry, the tensions between modern and ancient sounds and much more in the videos below.
Toumani and Sidiki is released on May 5th and can be pre ordered now at World Circuit. 

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Exclusive: Stream Gambari and Olugbenga ‘Wade In The Water’

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Record Store Day is nearly upon us. So here’s a taster of what the deluxe edition Maison Des Jeunes LP sounds like. Hear Olugbenga, Kankou Kouyaté and her band Gambari on their version of the old classic ‘Wade In The Water’, exclusively available on the double vinyl LP coming April 19th!

For updates on what we’re listening to at Africa Express HQ, follow us on soundcloud.

New Video: ‘Dougoude Sarrafo’ by Bijou

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It’s just a few days until Record Store Day (April 19th), and the much awaited release of the Limited Edition Blue Vinyl LP of Maison Des Jeunes. The CD edition will be available from April 21st, preorder here. In the meantime, watch the new video (above) of Bijou singing ‘Dougoudé Sarrafo’ at the Maison Des Jeunes Studio in Bamako.

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes was made possible with the support of Arts Council England.
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New Video: ‘Deni Kelen Be Koko’ by Lobi Treore Band (prod. by Django Django’s Dave Maclean)

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‘Deni Kelen Be Koko’ by Lobi Treore Band (feat. Seye on bass) was produced by Django Django’s Dave Maclean during Africa Express’ week in Bamako. Check out the newly released video above, featuring behind the scenes footage of the Maison Des Jeunes studio in Bamako.

Maison Des Jeunes (physical release April 21st) is available to preorder now.
We’re also releasing a limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day on April 19th. Find out more here.

Record Store Day Exclusive Maison Des Jeunes LP

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We’re happy to announce the long awaited release of physical and deluxe editions of Maison Des Jeunes by Transgressive Records. In celebration of Record Store Day, we’ll be releasing a limited edition (only 1000 copies!) 2×12 blue vinyl LP on 19th April, featuring 5 brand new tracks.

Originally released in December 2013 as a digital-only format in the spirit of the project, just two months after recording, Maison Des Jeunes brought to light some of the vital new music being created in Mali, produced with Western artists including Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner, Ghostpoet, Two Inch Punch, Olubenga (Metronomy) and David Maclean (Django Django).

Aside from standout tracks from the original record like Songhoy Blues’ SoubouraGhostpoet and Doucoura’s Season Change, and Lil Silva’s own Bouramsy, this physical release is bolstered with impeccable new recordings, such as a fresh take on blues standard Wade In The Water by Olubenga and Gambari, and intimate takes from Brian Eno on Tiemoko Sogodogo’s Man Nyale Totebereye.

A CD and digital release will follow on April 21st. In the meantime, check out the album trakclisting below.

 

Tracklisting: 

1- Adama Koita – Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo (Produced by Two Inch Punch)

2- Songhoy Blues – Soubour (Produced by Nick Zinner & Remi Kabaka)

3- Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura – Season Change (Produced by Two Inch Punch & Damon Albarn)

4- Bijou – Dougoudé Sarrafo (Produced by Damon Albarn)

5- Lil Silva – Bouramsy (Produced by Lil Silva)

6- Tal B Halala – Rapou Kanou (Produced by Two Inch Punch)

7- Gambari feat. Kankou Kouyaté – Yamore (Produced by Damon Albarn)

8- Yacouba Sissoko Band – Chanson Denko Tapestry (Produced by Brian Eno)

9- Lobi Traoré Band – Deni Kelen Be Koko (Produced by David Maclean)

10- Moussa Traoré – Farafina (Produced by Damon Albarn)

11- Tiemoko Sogodogo – Latégué (Produced by Brian Eno)

 

Bonus tracks:

12- Kokanko Sata – Djoti Sayoro Don (Produced by Damon Albarn and Two Inch Punch)

13- Remi Kabaka feat. Batoma Sidibé – Milk (Produced by Remi Kabaka & Batoma Sidibé)

14- Gambari and Olugbenga – Wade in the Water (Produced by Olugbenga)

15- Tiemoko Sogodogo - Man Nyale Totebereye (Produced by Brian Eno)

16- Another Power Cut

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes was made possible with the support of Arts Council England.
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