JeConte & The Mali All-Stars have released a music video titled “LeMonde pour la Paix” (The World for Peace ). The music and video were recorded as the West African nation of Mali is going through difficult times.
The World for Peace begins with Vieux Farka Touré requesting his ancestors to join together for peace in Mali. Khaira Arby of Timbuktu in northern Mali chants for peace in her Tuareg language of Tamashek, and Bassekou Kouyate plays the ngoni as JeConte & The Mali All-Stars call for peace.
“While recording and living in Bamako and performing throughout Mali, we as musicians felt now more than ever there needed to be an International movement for peace in Mali,” says singer, harmonica player and producer JeConte. “I had been speaking with Khaira Arby, Bassekou Kouyate, Vieux Farka Touré and Toumani Diabate about the situation, and they all agreed that music is something that brings people together and that Mali needs this now more than ever.”
“We have started a nonprofit called soulnow.org (Save Our Universal Language Now) that will focus on raising funds for Mali,” adds JeConte.
“LeMonde pour la Paix” is the first track to be released from JeConte & The Mali All-Stars’ upcoming album “Mali Blues for Peace,” to be released this Fall. The band is currently mixing and mastering the album and working on booking their US and Europe tour dates for fall 2012.
The Mali All-Stars will be playing at the Menil Festival in Paris on the 1st of June, and performing throughout Paris from May 31st to June 5th to gather support for their fall tour.
To learn more about the band and upcoming tour dates visit www.themaliblues.com.
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.