Malian keyboardist, Cheick-Tidiane Seck,
has a new album out entitled MandinGroove (Circular Moves). Recorded in Paris, New York and Los Angeles, MandinGroove is a title with
a double meaning, « body and soul » to paraphrase Ellington. “In
other words, everything that vibrates and lives inside me. This disc gives the
most accurate definition of me; it’s the terrain of a whole life of music.
That’s why there are many guest artists, even if a good number of my friends
aren’t present. It talks about why I melt into the diversity of musical currents
I’ve been through. It’s one part tradition, one part creation. “And there’s still the desire to have both feet in popular music, but with
openings that are more contemporary. I’ve tried to create my own synthesis of
everything I hear, from oriental modes to electronic rhythms. I’m like a big
tape-recorder that picks up everything that goes by, everything that happens:
rhythmically, melodically, harmonically…”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.