A Fula’s Call
Liingu (LLR 022, 2008)
Paris watch out, one of the finest contemporary West African CDs came out of The Netherlands. Liingu is an album by A Fula’s Call, a collaboration of Senegalese griot Omar Ka (vocals, guitar, Fula violin) and German jazz flutist Mark Alban Lotz (piccolo, bamboo, concert, alto, bass and contra bass flutes). The two leaders, together with Raphael Vanoli (guitars and effects) and Afra Mussawisade (Iran) create an exciting blend of Fula music with elements of bossa nova, Indian music and jazz. Most of the influences, however, are fundamentally West African, including a great Malian blues piece.
Omar Ka’s soulful vocals and guitar are weaved seamlessly with Lotz’s inspired flute work. Three additional guests collaborate on the album: Sandi Battacharrya (vocals and tabla), Mustapha Znaida (sentir) and Sebastian Pott (thumb piano).
A Fula’s Call is the third edition of Mark Alban Lotz’s Wild World music. The group has already toured Russia, Ukraine, Moldavia and Holland. Tours of Austria and France are planed.
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.