"…Whether you know it or not, Allen has influenced the sound of many of the most popular musicians and bands in modern pop music – from Paul Simon to Talking Heads, The Roots to Vampire Weekend.
Blur frontman and Gorillaz vocalist/chief songwriter Damon Albarn collaborated with Allen on the 2007 album The Good, the Bad and the Queen, citing Allen as a major influence (the supergroup also featured Paul Simonon of The Clash). In 2012, Albarn and Allen teamed up again, this time enlisting Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, to release Rocket Juice & the Moon. Famed producer and celebrated sonic engineer Brian Eno has called Allen “the greatest drummer in the world.”…
Allen joins the Chicago Afrobeat Project for an eight-city tour this month, making a stop at York College tonight. For Ford and the Chicago Afrobeat Project, getting a chance to play with the co-creator of the sound was a validation of the group’s effort to bring its own fresh blend of Afrobeat to American audiences…
Additionally, Allen is set to release his tenth solo album in October: Film of Life (Jazz Village). The album is to be released October 14, and sees Allen once again working with former collaborator Damon Albarn. Here’s a teaser for the album, “Go Back”…
Along with tonight’s performance, Allen conducts a master class on drumming at 3:30 p.m. at the DeMeester Recital Hall, which is free and open to the public.
What’s a lesson that Allen has taught Kevin Ford?
“Here’s a guy that’s over 74 years old, and he’s still touring and throwing down,” says Ford. “It makes me feel like there’s still time to do a lot in music. It’s inspiring. The dude’s a baller.”
Check out clips from Mamani Keita’s recent concert in Lithuania!
Here’s our Throwback Thursday: our 2008 release of Soul Science by Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara!
With fat, buzzing bass lines, no-holds-barred guitar licks, playful yet virile rhythms, searing fiddle riffs, pounding, viscerally percussive groundswells and vocals that feel as old as the ages yet fresh as the dawn, Soul Science is less of a cross-cultural collaboration than an arresting, endlessly fascinating dispatch from a new nation entirely. Justin Adams (electric and acoustic guitars, Tamashek lute, percussion, banjo, vocals) and Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, one-string fiddle, West African banjo, percussion) have achieved a white-hot synthesis instigated by centuries of history refracted through the kaleidoscope that is the information age.
NPR Music - The Best African Music of 2008
KEXP - Top Ten Albums of 2008
PopMatters - The Best Albums of 2008 & Best World Music of 2008 (#1)
BBC Sound of the World - Record of the Month
Songlines - Best Albums of the Year
"What really sets this album apart is the amalgam of Adams’s cool, confident take on rock, with Camara’s wailing chops and spectacular rich and emotive ritti sound. Few African blues tracks rock as hard as the edgy, searing, backbeat-driven ‘Ya Ta Taaya’” - Afropop
"WRIR’s CMJ New World Top Ten
1 MAMANI KEITA | Kanou | World Village
2 WILLIAM ONYEABOR | World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? | Luaka Bop
3 TED SIROTA’S HEAVYWEIGHT DUB | The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub | Liberated Zone…”
Mamani Keita - Kanou (ZikNation Live Session) (by OlivierOff)
Mamani Keita’s Kanou is out now on World Village! Get it here on iTunes: http://ow.ly/t9HwB
"Djeli Moussa Kouyaté’s guitars dance around Mamani Keita’s warm vocals and choruses, surrounding them like a mother’s arms. Tasty layers of these guitars are augmented further by ngoni and percussion" - WNYC New Sounds
"This crowd funding event is to help two distinct projects : the direction of a film about Terakaft and the writing of a book, which title is "Terakaft, the caravan passes". The purpose is to support the promotion of the band, but we think that ir’s up to the band to choose what they want to show or to tell the world. This is a way to make decision ourselves and to feel free about it. The work that we shall deliver will be a strong basis to introduce Terakaft to the world.
The film will be added, as a DVD, to the next Terakaft’s record, due to next spring 2014. The recording sessions will happen in november, together with the direction of the film. The whole thing will be released on World Village / Harmonia Mundi through the world. This is why we really matter about what Terakaft can offer at his best to the public. Several tours are planned for next year, in Europe and in North America…”
Our September catalog is up! Get 20% off purchases at the webstore until September 14, with the coupon code SEP10.
Winner of the 2009 Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music, Mamadou Diabate takes kora playing in a contemporary direction with his CD titled Courage. Descended from a distinctive musical lineage in Mali, Diabate takes guidance from this quote in the CD liner notes: “… kora tradition has always put a premium on holding on to the old ways while constantly innovating and developing the art.”
In Diabate’s hands, the harp-like kora fits in jazz composition (“Macky”), evokes hypnotic cross-cultural mystique (“Kora Journey”), maintains tradition (“Kita Djely”), and becomes an amazingly versatile stringed instrument. Courage stands as a musical testament to the guidance contemporary musicians such as Diabate receive from the “old ways.” The album’s lack of vocals is actually a strength – it allows the music to speak for itself. Diabate is joined by a world-class crew.
Get Courage on iTunes!