Damon Albarn chats to World Circuit Records about Toumani Diabate and the impact of the Malian kora player’s music. Watch the video below.
Toumani and his son Sidiki are now on tour in the UK.
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 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.
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!
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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.
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