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!
“On Kel Tamasheq, Terakaft varies the rhythms to impart a thrilling sense of urgency on top of the usual mid-tempo articulations of stolid perseverance” - Time Out Chicago. On iTunes: http://ow.ly/n5WEn
"Terakaft released earlier this year their fourth album, simply named Kel Tamasheq (the Tuareg people). It’s packed full with great anthems. Any fan should be curious and excited to hear what the band would do with them in a live context.
The first songs made clear that it would be an upbeat and lively kind of performance. Traditional percussions and clapping vanished from the rhythm section but the syncopated guitars and the live drums did the job nicely.
The drums have actually been the main novelty of this tour. I had legitimate doubts before the show but drummer Nicolas Grupp, former Ibrahim Djo Experience member, naturally fitted in the music universe of the band.
As far as the set list is concerned, they played a broad range of songs. Some from their earlier repertoire (Arghane Manine), some from the latest one (Allah Fal Manin), some energetic tracks (Idiya Idohena) and some quiet ones (Allah Fal Manin). The intensity on stage slowly built up as the show went. So did the audience’s spirit…”