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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Toumani and Sidiki Diabate Release New Album

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World renowned kora player Toumani Diabaté is set to release an album of duets with his son Sidiki. Toumani & Sidiki is the latest offering from the Malian musician since Ali & Toumani, his 2010 Grammy Award winning collaboration with the late great Ali Farka Touré. In playing the kora alongside his father, twenty-three year old Sidiki, a name in his own right – he is one half of Malian hip hop duo Iba One – continues the 700 year old Diabaté dynasty.  The father-and-son duo will tour their new album in the UK throughout May and June with more US and European dates to be announced. Toumani & Sidiki is released on May 5th and can be pre ordered now at World Circuit.  Watch the album trailer below.

Stream: Gemma Cairney Behind The Scenes with Africa Express at Maison des Jeunes

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In October 2013, BBC Radio 6 presenter Gemma Cairney journeyed to Mali to find out how the country’s diverse music scenes were evolving in light of the ban on music. Gemma stopped by the temporary Africa Express Headquarters, the Maison des Jeunes studio in Bamako and spoke to Pauli the PSM, Damon Albarn and many more.

Find out more about ‘Mali Music’ here, and stream parts 1 and 2 of the documentary below.

 

 

Review of Maison Des Jeunes album launch

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The young Songhoy Blues band from Timbuktu stole the show at the launch event for the new Africa Express CD, Maison des Jeunes

Right at home: Kankou Kouyaté performing at the launch of Maison des Jeunes (Picture: Rob Ball/Redferns via Getty)
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Maison des Jeunes Album Launch event – December 9th

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On December 9th, Africa Express celebrated the digital release of much anticipated album ‘Maison des Jeunes’ with a packed house and some incredible Malian musicians from the album (whose visas were received the day they flew to London…)

As you know the ticket price, which we kept as low as possible, went entirely into putting on the show and to getting the malian musicians over here for the show.  It was the first time any of them had played in London, and the feedback has been incredible.

So as ever, thanks for the enthusiasm and support, and for coming to celebrate such a special occasion with us.  If you have any photos, don’t forget to tag Africa Express on Facebook and you can always tweet feedback to @africaexpress.

We will be releasing physical CDs and Vinyl in February 2014, so watch this space for news on that.

Massive thanks again from all at AE

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Featuring live music (and debut UK performances) from Mali’s finest new talent Shonghoy Blues and Kankou Kouyate, there’ll also be Damon Albarn and Brian Eno who will have a chat with everyone about making the record (in Bamako, in just one week).

We will also be screening the UK PREMIERE of the Africa Express train tour documentary – get there at 7 sharp for that.

In between there’ll be DJ sets from Ghostpoet, Dave Maclean (Django Django) and Olugbenga (Metronomy),  no doubt with some surprises jumping on stage now & then.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.  Click here for tickets

We would like to thank Arts Council England for helping make this album possible

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Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes

Our NEW ALBUM will be release on 9th December.

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, the album we recorded during our recent week-long trip to Mali.  The album will be released digitally by Transgressive Records on 9th December 2013, with a physical release to follow in early 2014.  We are, of course, beyond excited.   PREORDER HERE: http://georiot.co/africaexpress

Watch the video for Songhoy Blues – Soubour  here  (you get to download this track when you preorder the album) 

Africa Express presents: Maison des Jeunes

Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes was recorded in Bamako, Mali over 7 days in October. Africa Express musicians and producers set up a temporary studio in a city youth club and worked with a new wave of contemporary Malian musicians to complete the album in one week. The club, situated on the banks of the Niger river and known locally as Maison Des Jeunes, became the venue for a week of discovery, collaboration, music-making and live performances.

The resulting 11-track album captures the spontaneity and excitement of a unique week in a country famed for its musical heritage, yet which saw music briefly banned in much of the nation following last year’s coup and militant takeover in the north.

Highlights include Timbuktu indie band Songhoy Blues – formed in reaction to the jihadist occupation – teaming up with Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner for their first ever studio session on track ‘Soubour’; the extraordinary soulful voice of 21 year old singer (and niece of the renowned Bassekou) Kankou Kouyaté complimenting the music of her band Gambari; and British singer and producer Ghostpoet joined by the percussive beats of Bamako-based talking drum band Doucoura on the Damon Albarn and Two Inch Punch produced rap track ‘Season Change’.

The full list of musicians and singers featured are: Adama Koita, Bijou, Doucoura, Gambari , Kankou Kouyaté, Lobi Traoré Band, Moussa Traoré, Songhoy Blues, Talbi, Tiemoko Sogodogo and the Yacouba Sissoko Band – as well as Western producers and musicians André de Ridder,  Brian Eno, Cid Rim, Damon Albarn, David Maclean (Django Django), Ghostpoet, Holy Other, Jeff Wootton, Lil Silva, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Olugbenga Adelekan (Metronomy), Pauli The PSM, Remi Kabaka, Sammy Jay, Seye and Two Inch Punch.

The album launch event on 9th December at Oval Space will feature debut UK performances by Songhoy Blues and Kankou Kouyaté, together with special guests and DJ sets from Ghostpoet, Olugbenga and David Maclean – plus the UK premiere of the film documenting Africa Express’ 2012 train tour.

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Artists on making the Africa Express album:

“Making music in Mali with Africa Express was amazing, humbling, life changing experience, a time in my life I will never forget. I’m just so happy I went with my gut instinct and got involved. Being on the album is just an added bonus really.”-Ghostpoet

“For me, it’s been a huge surprise. It’s the first time I played with musicians who are not from Mali. It’s good to have foreign musicians coming to Mali because there are a lot of great artists here that need recognition for their work,” -Kankou Kouyaté

Africa Express would like to thank the Arts Council of England for help making this trip possible

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