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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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)
Simon Broughton Critic Rating ****