Tag Archives: Malian music

Malian Guitar Maestro Vieux Farka Touré to Perform in Carrboro

Vieux Farka Touré – Photo by Thomas Arnbo


Celebrated Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is set to perform on Thursday, March 1st at 8 PM at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina. Vieux is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré.


Vieux Farka Toure – Samba


Vieux has become one of the finest guitarists in the world music scene. His most recent album is Samba, recorded live in front of a small audience at Applehead Studio in Woodstock, New York.


The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro.
For more information visit artscenterlive.org


Oumou Sangaré to Perform at Celtic Connections 2018

Oumou Sangare – Photo by Benoit Peverelli


Acclaimed Malian vocalist Oumou Sangaré is set to perform at Celtic connections festival on January 30, 2018.

Sangaré returned from an 8-year recording respite in 2017 when she released her album Mogoya. The new album includes French production trio A.l.b.e.r.t. and celebrated Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Mogoya combines traditional Wassulu roots with vibrant rock, funk, soul, and dance beats.


Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya


Oumou Sangaré and Solo & Indrė
Tuesday. January 30
7:30 p.m.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Main Auditorium
More information at /www.celticconnections.com


Artist Profiles: Toubab Krewe

Toubab Krewe

Toubab Krewe is an instrumental quintet based in Asheville, North Carolina that fuses West African music with American rock. The five members who are childhood friends and long-term musical collaborators who joined up in 25 have spent extended periods studying with musical luminaries in Mali Ivory Coast and Guinea and learning traditional instruments such as the kora (a 21-string harp) and the kamel ngoni (a West African lute).

Their recording ‘Live At The Orange Peel’ (2008) features eight previously unreleased tracks and continue to mix American rock with the West African musical traditions the band fell in love with on their travels. Along the way they explore the worlds of surf and zydeco. Live At The Orange Peel features collaborations with spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan of The Last Poets and fiddler Rayna Gellert of Uncle Earl. It was produced by Grammy winning producer Steven Heller who also produced the band’s debut.

With many friends teachers and collaborators living in Mali and affected by the 2012 Malian crisis the band felt called to do something to help. Inspired by the encouragement of Toumani Diabate Toubab Krewe’s Luke Quaranta envisioned and launched Musicians for Mali, an initiative to increase awareness about the current crisis in Mali and raise money for refugees.

Teal Brown – drum set
Drew Heller – electric guitar and soku
Justin Perkins – kora kamelengoni and electric guitar
David Pransky – electric bass guitar
Luke Quaranta – percussion


Toubab Krewe ‎(Upstream Records, 2005)
Live At The Orange Peel In Asheville, NC ‎(Upstream Records, 2008)
TK2 (Nat Geo Music, 2010)


Artist Profiles: Tama


Tama was a Pan-African world fusion project made in the late 1990s. The Tama album Nostalgie came about when Tom Diakite (Mali), Sam Mills (UK) and Djanuno Dabo (Guinea Bissau) met while performing with Bengali master Paban Das Baul. According to Sam: “We had some spare time booked in a studio and played a few songs which were impromptu but sounded really good and were enough for us to convince Real World to record an album.”

Primarily based on singer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Diakite’s material, the album displays a combination of rhythms and influences from West Africa with European music elements. Tom said: “Originally I came from the same part of Mali as Oumou Sangare and Nahawa Doumbia, the Wasulu and the music I learned there was already a mix – something different from the mainstream Malian tradition. Now I use aspects of the tradition like the pentatonic scale adding some blues and non-Malian elements both in the vocals and in the guitar, piano, cello and ud instrumentation.”

Tama made a second and final album titled Espace (Real World, 2002).


Nostalgie (Real World, 1999)
Espace (Real World, 2002)


Fatoumata Diawara Releases End Slavery Video

Malian music star Fatoumata Diawara has a new music video titled “Djonya” (slavery in Bambara). The video denounces the atrocities perpetrated against the migrants coming mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and also provides a glimmer of hope to all those who are victims of these modern times.

On November 14, 2017, CNN broadcast an investigative report about the trafficking and sale of black migrants in Libyan slave markets. This has led to international condemnation of these human rights violations and UN investigations.

With “Djonya”, Fatoumata wishes to condemn this tragic situation. It is a song that defends the idea that every woman and every man belongs to the human race, regardless of color, ethnicity or religion and that every human being should be respected.


Boubacar Traoré’s Dounia Tabolo at the Top of the Transglobal World Music Chart

Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica) by Malian musician Boubacar Traoré is the number 1 album in December 2017 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

The new recording combines Malian traditions with African American blues and southern roots music. American guests include Cedric Watson (fiddle and washboard); Corey Harris (guitar and vocals); and Leyla McCalla (cello and vocals).

To see the complete results go to http://www.transglobalwmc.com


Exhilarating BKO

BKO – Mali Foli Coura (Buda Musique, 2017)

Mali continues to produce some of the most fascinating acts in West Africa. One if the finest in recent years is BKO. The groundbreaking ensemble is back with Mali Foli Coura, a remarkable album where Malian tradition, the blues, spectacular jembe drumming and trance-like electric distortion permeate the music.

The lineup includes Fassara Sacko on lead and backing vocals and Khassonke dunun; Ibrahima Sarr on jembe and backing vocals; Adama Coulibaly on donso-ngoni, lead and backing vocals; Abdoulaye Kone on jeli-ngoni; and Aymeric Krol on drums and backing vocals.

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Boubacar Traoré Meets the South

Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo

Boubacar Traoré – Dounia Tabolo (Lusafrica, 2017)

The master of Malian blues Boubacar Traoré connects with three leading African-American blues and roots music musicians, Cedric Watson, Corey Harris and Leyla McCalla, on Dounia Tabolo. He’s also joined by talented French harmonica player Vincent Bucher who sounds more American than French, and percussionist Alassane Samaké.

The final result is a remarkable recording where the sounds of Mali and the music of the southern United States get together, delivering a superb cross-cultural album.

The lineup on the album includes Boubacar Traoré on lead vocals and guitar; Vincent Bucher on harmonica; Alassane Samaké on calabash, shaker and percussion. Guests: Cedric Watson on fiddle and washboard; Corey Harris on guitar and vocals; and Leyla McCalla on cello and vocals.



Dounia Tabolo is a wonderful mix of Malian rhythms and melodies with the sounds of the Mississippi Delta along with the unexpected sound of Leyla McCalla’s beautiful cello.


Leila Gobi’s Malian Trance Music

Leila Gobi – 2017

Leila Gobi – 2017 (Clermont Music CLE 019CD, 2017)

Eastern Malian vocalist Leila Gobi has recorded her second album titled 2017, scheduled for release October 6, 2017. On 2017, Gobi presents an exciting mix of her magnetic high-pitched vocals, hypnotic electronic beats and the fabulous guitar lines of Khalil M. Touré.

The lineup includes Leila Walet Gobi on vocals; Khalil M. Touré on guitars; Amadou Dembélé on bass; and Abdourhamane Salaha on calabash, conga, and other percussion instruments.

Buy 2017


Ladilikan by Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2017

Ladilikan (World Circuit), a collaboration between Malian act Trio Da Kali and acclaimed American string ensemble Kronos Quartet is the number album of the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2017.

Trio Da Kali includes some of the finest musicians in Mali: vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, bala master Lassana Diabaté (of AfroCubism) and bass ngoni vistuoso Mamadou Kouyaté (son of Bassekou Kouyaté).

David Harrington (of Kronos Quartet) described the recording as “one of the most beautiful collaborations Kronos has had in our first 40 years.”



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More about the chart: http://www.transglobalwmc.com