Cheick Hamala Diabate
Prudence (Electric Cowbell Records EP-ECR709, 2013)
The music of Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate gets remixed in this EP titled Prudence. Cheick Hamala Diabate is no stranger to hybrid sounds. Although he has the training of a traditional griot he is known for applying electronic technology into his music. He has adapted his traditional ngoni so he can use a wah-wah pedal with delay and other effects.
The EP contains five versions of the same track, titled ‘Prudence’. One of them is the original track by Cheick Hamala Diabate, where he and his band plays the repetitive piece combining processed ngoni, balafon, vocals and percussion with brass. The rest are electronic dance remixes by various well-known American producers, including NYCTrust, The Whiskey Barons, Daytoner, and Jon Kennedy. The most inspired remixes are the rootsy recreations by Daytoner and The Whiskey Barons.
The album includes a 6th track titled ‘Fatou Kounkoun Sissoko’ remixed by Washington DC’s Sol Power All-Stars, which another great track, possibly the best cut on the album.
Cheick Hamala Diabate is a griot musician and oral historian from Mali. He was born into a griot family in Kita, Mali. At a young age he learned to play the ngoni. Cheick Hamala Diabate is now based in Washington DC, where he teaches and represents West African culture. He has collaborated with artists such as Bela Fleck and Corey Harris.
May 02, 2013 at Desire on Burgundy – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 03, 2013 at Old US Mint – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 04, 2013 at Hi Ho Lounge – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 05, 2013 at Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, Louisiana
May 10, 2013 at National Museum of African Art – Washington, DC
Aug. 10 2013 at Town Center Stage – Reston, Virginia
Buy the CD, MP3s or vinyl: Prudence
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 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. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.