Monday, 20 March 2017

John Chibadura & The Tembo Brothers - Peel Session 1989

Let's move again into Mango territory, this time way way down south the African to Zimbabwe to listen to John Chibadura with his Tembo Brothers (recorded in BBC Studios in the UK).
John Chibadura

Biography

rearranged to get a better chronology from original text by Fred Zindi, source www.herald.co.zw/what-happened-to-chibaduras-songs/

John "Chibadura" Nyamukokoko was born in 1957 in Guruve, Zimbabwe. His father and mother were itinerant farm labourers from Mozambique. In 1962, at the tender age of 5, John lost his mother and his father re-married a woman who was tough on John. Because he had a hard time with his step-mother, John was eventually forced to go to Centenary to live on a farm with his grandfather who was a talented mbira player. Unfortunately his grandfather also died 3 years later. From then on, John continued to live a nomadic life when he was passed from one relative to another.
In 1968, while in Centenary on a farm, he started to learn playing the banjo. The following year, there was a serious drought in Zimbabwe, and John, in search of further education and survival walked from Centenary to Darwendale where he settled at a farm called Wagon Wheels. He worked at the farm as a tractor-driver and lorry driver while attending school. He quit school after form 3. It took John another 10 years before he made the move that was designed to realise the dream of becoming the cherished musician he became.
He moved to Chitungwiza where he was soon to become popularly known as "Mr Chitungwiza", after the name of the town. Through his music, John soon became a household name. He initially formed a group with Simon and Naison Chimbetu called The Sungura Boys.
In 1985 he formed his own group known as The Tembo Brothers and immediately drew attention on account of Chibadura's intense voice and achingly poignant lyrics. Although their sungura beat was fast and furious, John's songs often told of downbeat misery, broken families, excessive dowries in "$5.000 Dollars Kuroora" and wasted opportunities. The sorrowfulness of the lyrics notwithstanding, the Tembo Brothers enjoyed a massive following among Zimbabweans and Mozambicans, where songs like "Zuva Rekufa Kwangu", "5,000 Dollars Kuroora" and "Nhamo Yatakawona" became big anthems.
Together with The Tempo Brothers John churned out some memorable albums such as "Vengai Zvenyu", "Hupenyu Hwandinetsa", "Sara Ugarike", "Sango Rinopa Waneta", "Pitikoti Government", "Ndiri muhondo", "Mune Majerasi", "Mutumwa", "Madiro", "Kugarika Tange Nhamo", "5000 Dollars Kuroora", "Kurera", "Zuva Guru", "Mudzimu Wangu", "Munhu Haana Chakanaka" and many more over the years.
In the early 1990s John toured the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He also toured Mozambique where he was so popular that he only played in stadiums where his audiences at some point exceeded 40 000. In Mozambique he was often met by President Chisano. Though most of his life was spent in Zimbabwe, Mozambique regarded him as a long-lost son and when in the country he would be ferried to concerts by the presidential helicopter.
Before his death, on 1999 August 04, John Chibadura wrote the song, "Zuva Rekufa Kwangu". Everyone on this earth is assured of dying some day, but I remember asking John, when he penned that song in reggae, a genre which was different from his usual sungura beat, " Why are you predicting your own death? Are you about to die?" He did not give me a definite answer. However, I was the first DJ to play that song on Radio 3's reggae session one Thursday night and after that, the whole nation went crazy. The paroxysm of Chibadura-mania began then as I continued to receive non-stop requests for the song.
"Chibadura" was his nickname meaning roughly "the man who can do", or "the man who is the best and can beat all odds". Despite this apparent success, John died without a penny to his name but his legacy lives on.

Listen to the first song from the session


CHIBADURA-JOHN-19891119 - Peel Session BBC

tracklist: 1.Shira / 2.Diya Wangu / 3.Mukadzi Wangu / 4.Amai

line-up: John Chibadura (vocals, guitar) / Douglas Chibadura (backing vocals) / Innocent Makoni (backing vocals) / Mike Gunde (drums) / Bata Sintrio (guitar) / Charles Ruwizhi (bass)

PS: acc.to John Peel in his intro John Chibadura & The Tembo Brothers did also some recordings for Andy Kershaw, if anybody has any sounds from those, I'm interested so please let me know.....

Discography

198?: Sungura Boys - Tasarira Nhamo (LP, #JLP.1009)
1985: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Kurera (LP, #ZIL.203) - at globalgroovers
198?: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Vol.3 - Kugarika Tangenhamo (LP, #??)
198?: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Vol.5 - Zvinodinetsa (LP, #TEL.2160)

198?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Upenyu Hwandinetsa (LP, #ZIL.206)
198?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Sara Ugarike (LP, #ZIL.208)
1987: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Kugarika Tangenhamo (LP, #ZIL.212)
1987: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - $5000 (Kuroora) (LP, #ZIL.216) [ re-CD]
1988: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Midzimu Yangu (LP, #ZIL.221)
1988: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Rugare (LP, #ZIL.223)
1989: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Munhu Hana Chakanaka (LP, #ZIL.231)
1990: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Mune Majerasi (LP, #ZIL.237)
1991: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Ndirimuhondo (LP, #ZIL.239)
1992: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Muranda (LP/K7, #ZIL/ZC.244)
1993: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Madiro (LP, #ZIL.255)
1993: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Sango Rinopa Waneta (LP, #ZIL.260) [re-CD]

Comp.198?: Sungura Boys - The Best Of (K7, #TEC.2063)
Comp.1989: John Chibadura - Essential (CD/K7/LP) - at globalgroovers
Comp.1990: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - More Of The Essential (CD/K7/LP)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers (K7, MGS #121785) - at awesometapes
Comp.199?: John Chibadura - The Best Of (CD, #CD.ZIL.300)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura - The Great Mr.Chitungwiza (CD, #CD.ZIL342)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Yambiro (CD, #CD.ZIL.509)
VA-Chauya Chirizevha - Chimurenga from Zimbabwe (Comp) - at globalgroovers incl.Hosana by John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

VA-Hungary - Meg Kell A Buzanak Erni (1992, K7)

Let's visit this time a country where are no Mango's, in the local language: "Nincs Mango" in Hungary.

VA - Meg Kell a Buzanak Erni
 (Hungary, 1992, K7)

I wanted for a longtime to post this K7, but couldn't and still can't find the original, which I bought around 1996 in Budapest. Probably it's lost during my many movings around, but fortunately made a K7 copy for regularly playing. That copy is, after many many times having enjoyed it's music, still sounding good, so finally decided to use that for this post.

The K7 is a compilation of studio and live tracks recorded between 1975 and 1991, put together by Halmos Béla, "one of the leading figures the early days of the Tanchaz movement" (from the Rough Guide to World Music)


source: Rough Guide to World Music, page 163
The Tanchaz, meaning dance house, movement started in the 1970s as a reaction to the regimented folklore of the state ensembles. Following in the footsteps of Bartok and Kodaly, mucisians like Ferenc Sebo  and Bela Halmos (compiler of K7) collected music from the villages, learned it and brought it back to the capital Budapest. This new generation was interested in the instrumental music and traditional dances. The idea was to bring the music back to the grassroots rather than present it on stage and, despite the urban setting, keep it closer to its original form.
Eventhough it had virtually no official support from the state, it grew from strength to strength, and had for many years also a political dimension, as being opposed to the communist state.
Tanchaz music falls into two types. One is music from Hungary proper, with less of a living tradition and usually learned from archive recordings or written collections. The other and most popular music comes directly from the village tradition. Mostly from Transylvania, where the Hungarian community in Romania is keeping a living folk tradition alive.
The basic instrumental line-up is a lead fiddle, an accompanying violin (kontra) playing chords and a bowed bass - there's often a cimbalon included as well. At first the tunes all sound similar, but the better you know this music the more rich and varied it becomes. In the right hands it has a beauty unrivalled in Europe.

Listen to a track from the K7


VA-HUNGARY-1992-K7 - Meg Kell A Buzanak Erni

Full trackslist:
1.Sebő - Szerelem, Szerelem - Love, Love (1:05) [1975]
2.Sebő - Hol Jártál Az Éjjel Cönöge Madár (2:25) [1975]
3.Egyszólam - Kanásznóta (3:02) [1989]
4.Téka - Hadd Fekszem Melléd (2:25) [1989]
5.Kalamajka - Bonchidai Forgatós (5:00) [1988]
6.Dűvő - Im Memoriam Kovács Tivadar (3:07) [1989]
7.Vujicsics - Madarac (2:00) [1988]
8.Méta - Szép a Fekete Bárány (2:33) [1989]
9.Kallós Zoltán - Fordulj Kedves Lovam (4:19) [1984]
10.Téka - Az a Szeretőm, Aki Volt (4:46) [1989]
11.Ghymes - Gúta Maga Egy Város (1:52) [1991]
12.Kanalas & Fábri - Várj Madárka (2:27) [1991]
13.Ökrös - Ej, Nem Szeretem az Idő Járását (3:25) [1989]
14.Various - Mezőségi Finálé (6:39) [1989]
15.Sebő - Meg Kell A Búzának Érni (2:15) [1975]

Info about the Artists:

1/2/15.Sebő Ensemble, named after bandleader Ferenc Sebő, is one of the best-known groups of the 1970s Hungarian roots revival.
3.Egyszólam' bandmembers studied for about two decades the traditional Hungarian folkmusic in the performance style, the band includes a singer and a variety of flutes, to their repertoire belong bagpipes sounding melodies.
4/10.Téka Ensemble formed 1976 in Budapest, playing authentic peasant music, their repertoire emphasizes the traditional playing style and original feeling of Hungarian village music.
5.Kalamajka, formed in the early 1970s, played authentic Hungarian folkmusic till their break-up in 2009.
6.Dűvő Együttes, formed in 1979, plays Hungarian folkmusic in especially the traditional styles; in their repertoire is music from all ethnic groups in the Carpathian Basin.
7.Vujicsics* is one of the best groups anywhere playing Serbian and Croatian music, a 6-piece ensemble with guitars, tamburas and bass from the South Slav communities north of Budapest.
8.Méta Ensemble formed 1983 in Pécs in the south of Hungary, some of their specialities are the singing voice of and virtuosity on the violin by founding member Beáta Salamon.
9.Kallós Zoltán is a ethnographer, folk music collector born 1926 in Răscruci (Válaszút), Transylvania, Romania.
11.Ghymes was an excellent 5-piece band led by Szarka Tamas on fiddle and coming from the Hungarian community in southern Slovakia.
12.Duo with vocals by Éva Kanalas and Géza Fábri on cobza (a multi-stringed lute, considered the oldest accompaniment instrument in the Moldovia/Romania region).
13.Ökrös Együttes formed in 1986 by violinist Csaba Ökrös, they gained knowledge of Hungarian folk music by visiting and studying with folk musicians in the remote villages of Hungary and Transylvania.
14.Various Artists at the Folkmusic Festival in Szeged in 1988, performing together the finale at the Festival.

*note one of the members of Vujicsics is the father of some musicians of Söndörgő posted earlier on Mangue Music

More about Hungarian Folkmusic

  • HUNGARY: a musical mother tongue - by Simon Broughton
    Chapter in World Music Vol.1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East (page 159-167)
  • The Aesthetic of the Hungarian Revival Movement - by Judit Frigyesi
    Lakodalmas Rock and the Rejection of Popular - by Barbara Rose Lange
    Chapters in Retuning Culture: Musical Changes in Central and Eastern Europe (page 54-91)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Orchestra Baobab - 2017.Jan.31 Live in London

Just a quick post.

Orchestra Baobab (source: BBC Radio 3, 2017)

Found today that the concert by Orchestra Baobab 2017.Jan.31 at Roundhouse in London can be listened to till about the end of this month at the BBC Radio 3 Website.

Here it's available: World on 3 (2017.Mar.03)

The page includes full setlist and some background info, before the show itself there is a good introduction by Lucy Duran (former DJ at BBC Radio3).

ENJOY!! Recommended while eating a fresh one!!

PS1: when the show can not be listened to anymore on the BBC site, I'll post the full concert, incl.interesting talk, here at Mangue Music.
PS2: listening myself when writing this post, and hearing again "Mouhamadou Bamba" before the concert gives me again shivers through my body, that music and that VOICE from Thione Seck!!!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Tal National - 2015 - US Radio Sessions

Let's jump over the east border of Mali and visit with Mangue Music for the 2nd time (after Les Filles) the country of Niger to hear some radio sessions by Tal National.

Tal National in the New York metro (source: WFMU)
adapted from bio at talnational.com
Tal National spent more than a decade crisscrossing Niger, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners and roundabouts. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band. In Niger, a former French colony, can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in Tal National’s members.
In Tal National’s music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. The band speaks French, but use the American term “very rock and roll” quite seriously, implying their awareness that the loud guitars and bewildering rhythmic complexity separate them from their West African peers.
On stage Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule there might be up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might split up to play two gigs simultaneously.
In 2013 they recorded and released their first international album 'Kaani', after which they went on an international tour, playing a.o.in North-America and Western-Europe. Their 2nd international release 'Zoy Zoy' was recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital, by Chicago-based producer/engineer Jamie Carter, using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio. In the tour around this release of this album, they did radio sessions for WFMU in New York and for KEXP in Seattle.

"The first thing that hits you when you listen to Tal National is the band’s tightness and fiery energy." --NPR (2013)
"The music keeps leaping ahead with one surprise after another: guitar parts that align and diverge and reconfigure, drumming that pounces on offbeats. The patterns are crisp, complex and tireless." --New York Times (2013)

Listen to a track from the KEXP Session


TAL NATIONAL 2015 - US Radio Sessions

Tal National - 2015.Apr.11 WFMU
playlist: 1.Kaani / 2.Saraounia / 3.Say Wata Gaya / 4.Ah-ah / 5.Zoy Zoy
broadcasted: 2015.Apr.11 Transpacific Sound Paradise

Tal National - 2015.May.10 KEXP
playlist: 1.Farila / 2.Zoy Zoy / 3.Liba
broadcasted: 2015.May.12 Wo' Pop (with Darek Mazzone)

Discography

sources: talnational.com and talnational.bandcamp.com

before 2013: 2 unknown local releases (info from NPR story)
2013: Kaani (CD/LP/digital, Fat Cat Records #FATCD/LP.126)
2015: Zoy Zoy (CD/LP/digital, Fat Cat Records #FATCD/LP.137)


Watch and Listen

  • 2013 KEXP Radio Session - youtube
  • 2013 NPR Review - Rock Stars Of West Africa - npr
  • 2013 WBEZ Radio Session - soundcloud
  • 2015 KEXP Radio Session - youtube (with additional 4th track)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Mali - lesser known Hunters Music

In the same show, as from where I catched the previous tracks by lesser known Orchestras from Mali, was a block of Hunters Music from Mali.
Toumani Koné Group, 1986 (© Malick Sidibé) - source

 INFO about the HUNTERS (or DONSO)

source: mali-music (through archive.org)
Throughout all of Mali the Hunters ("donso") have a status of their own. Their Brotherhood is placed above any ethnic, religious or caste-oriented rifts. It is the oldest traditional institution in Mali. The music is generally reduced to two instruments, the Karignan (a piece of iron that is scraped) and the N'goni Donso ("hunter's n'goni" with three strings) which accompanies the songs with the insistent repetition of its three notes. A flute can be added to these instruments. The songs function is primarily to reassure and encourage the members of the expedition during those long evenings spent in the bush, without the slightest shelter or protection.

Listen to Yoro Sidibe (track from VA-Mali Lolo)


MALI - Lesser Known HUNTERS MUSIC

playlist
11.Toumani Kone - Sojoko Finkele (from K7 Vol.2, red cover) - full K7 at wrldsrv
12.Seydou Traore et Ensemble, Toba Seydou - Ntalan (from K7 Marasa 1)
13.Yoro Sidibe - Nema Yiridon (from K7 Yoro Sidibe Vol.2)
14.Mamadou Sangare - Goni Somangonifo (from K7 Mamadou Sangare Vol.2)

source: WFMU Gateway to Joy with Donna - 2012 September 29 - Strictly Malian

Info about the Hunters presented here:


Toumani Koné aka."the Lion of Wassoulou"
Seydou Traore et Ensemble, Toba Seydou
  • Toba Seydou is nickname of Seydou Traore
  • info and one album from hardwax:
    (Toba) Seydou Traore was born in the early 1960s near Bougouni in Mali, where as a young child he heard the music of hunters. Seydou’s ensuing fascination led to much family conflict, but he persisted, later becoming an apprentice of renowned musician Yoro Sidibe.
    In this context the word protégés apprentice is not inaccurate; not everyone can decide to become a donso, and the gift is said to be passed down from strong women to strong sons; it is equally a gift to be able to recognize which young boys have what it takes to brave both the bush and the strings of the donso ngoni. Young men are apprenticed to the great elder musicians and earn their place in the hierarchical society of the donsos.
    Seydou eventually became a master in his own right, consistently satisfying listeners across Mali with his strong voice and truly comic sensibility.
  • album "Toba Seydou Traore" (#YY.006)* is out of stock at hardwax (see above), but seems available at dragcity
  • Marasa 1 (no info found) only for Marasa 2 (not including the posted track)
  • other albums available at iTunes: Marasa 2 / Doni Doni / Danfaga Sambou
Yoro Sidibe
  • biography at mali-music (through archive.org)
  • Vol.2 (no info found), but Vol.3 posted at wrldsrv
  • biography fromt iTunes:
    A respected musician for some 30 years, practicing ritualistic tribal music that dates back to the 14th century, Yoro Sidibe is a donso ngonifola (hunter's musician) from the Wasulu village of Babbala, in the southwestern Malian hinterlands. Typically, donsos play to get the hunters riled before they leave for a hunt. Dressed in floppy hats and mudcloths with muskets draped on their shoulders, the hunters take to their bicycles in search for animals while Sidibe sings, chants, and strums in an intense trance. Over the years, as well as performing and teaching students, he released several dozen cassettes that were sold by street vendors in the village. Costing less than an American dollar, one of these boombox recordings caught the ear of field recorder Jack Carneal while he was visiting Africa with the hopes of tracking down indigenous musicians. After some convincing, he secured the rights to issue some of Sidibe's recordings on CD for the nonprofit label Yaala Yaala Records. In early 2008, the label paired with Drag City to release Yoro Sidibe's self-titled album. --Jason Lymangrover
    available at iTunes: Yoro Sidibe*
  • album also at dragcity: Yoro Sidibe (2008, #YY.005)*
Mamadou Sangare (?or Madou Sangare?)
  • no info found, but some videos with hunters music by Madou Sangare, so it could very well be him, if anybody knows more please comment

Note: *for Yaala Yaala Recordings, see comments to this post by Ngoni

Video to watch (when downloading):

Yoro Sidibe - source: flickr from Cris Ubermann

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mali - lesser known Orchestras (1970s)

I regularly check the New York radio station WFMU, there's always something interesting to listen to, be it live or from their archive.

Kati - timber market (source: Chochoviny) Gao - Niger (source: Jacques taberlet)
near Banamba (source: Lengyel Krisztian) Dioila (source: Traore Bakari)

Sometime in 2012 a whole 'Gateway to Joy with Donna' (3hrs) was dedicated to music from Mali, from the original stream of that show I have for you a set of 4 lesser known Orchestras from Mali, all 1970s recordings and mostly broadcasted from tape-copies. About the orchestras themselves is hardly any info and not any one picture to find on the whole wide web (that's why the photos above).

Listen to Thiawara Band de Kati


MALI - Lesser Known ORCHESTRAS 1970s

playlist
1.Thiwara Band de Kati - one track (from Dionkolony, 1976)
2.Thiwara Band de Kati - another track (from Koumi Djasse, 1978)
3.Orchestre Regional de Gao - Taray Kongo [?] (from Recordings Radio Mali, 1976)
4.Orchestre Regional de Gao - another track (from Recordings Radio Mali, 1976)
5.Souala Band de Banamba - Yoli-Yoli (from Souala Band de Banamba, 1977)
6.Souala Band de Banamba - Laissez-Laissez (from Souala Band de Banamba, 1977)
7.Baniko Jazz de Dioila - one track (from Baniko Jazz de Doila, 197x)
8.Baniko Jazz de Dioila - Seyni - Laba Sosseh cover* (from Baniko Jazz de Doila, 197x)

source: WFMU Gateway to Joy with Donna - 2012 September 29 - Strictly Malian

*listen to Laba Sosseh's original from 1969 - and it's 7" flip-side Que Se Funan

Info about the Orchestras (radio africa) and their places of origin:


Thiwara Band de Kati (ca.15km north-west of Bamako)
  • only known songs: Noumou Lakouloumba, Djanfa Magni and Seme Mala (on VA-Regard Sur Le Passe# etc. and VA-Panorama Du Mali#)
  • also known as Tjiwara Band de Kati
  • musicians: Sylvain Keita (chef d'orchestre, saxophone), Karim Diakité (trumpet), Mamadou Traoré (trumpet), Adama Niambelé (saxophone), Adama Coulibaly (tumba), Leo (drums), Amady Diallo (timbales), Soulemane Sissoko dit Gris (rthythm guitar), Mahamadou Bagayoko dit Al Capone (rhythm guitar) Papa Diabaté (lead guitar), Mahamoudou Sissoko dit Danger (bass), Boubou Touré (organ), Mahamadou Sangaré (vocals), Souleymane Cherif (vocals), Massambou Wélé Diallo (organ, vocals)
add.info (from Ngoni):
  • Tji-wara is the figure of the antilope that scratching the ground with its paw discovered us the agriculture - more info see Tji-wara
  • band is probably the civil version of the military orchestra of Kati
  • Mamadou Traoré (trumpet) is the father of Rokia Traoré
Orchestre Regional de Gao (on the Niger, ca.1000km north-east of Bamako)
  • only known songs: 22 Novembre, Tandina and Wotti Bayen (on VA-Regard Sur Le Passe# etc. and VA-Panorama Du Mali#)
  • also known as Songhai Star,
add.info (from Ngoni):
  • in 1976 Songhai Star featured Sidi Touré and Doumma Albarka
  • members mentioned in text of 'Panorama du Mali': Ibrahim (Hamma) Dicko (vocals) and Yaya Coulibaly (solo guitar)
Souala Band de Banamba (ca.125km north-east of Bamako)
  • no info found
Baniko Jazz de Dioila (ca.150 east of Bamako)
  • also known as Baninko Jazz de Dioila
  • with Adama Namakoro Fomba on guitar

notes:

for best enjoyment, listen when eating
SOME, ordered straight from MALI

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Kakande - 2008.Feb.16 Radio Session WFMU

I'm hungry, so let's move on to where we can find some mangos, to Guinee Conakry, where we encounter the band Kakande lead by the brilliant balafon player Famoro Dioubate.
Actually to hear their/his music we had to jump over the big pond into New York, as this is where they are living and recorded this balafonique session.
Famoro Dioibate with balafon

Info from WFMU - Transpacific Sound Paradise:
Kakande is a big West African / American band that combines African and European instruments, rhythms and melodies. The centerpiece is the brilliant balafon (xylophone) player from Guinea, Famoro Dioubate. Kora (harp-lute) player Yacouba Cissoko extends the traditional vibe - but there are also guitars, drum kit, woodwind instruments - even cello.
Kakande warms up tonight (2008.Feb.16) for the Dununya CD release party at SOBs in NYC on Sunday 2008.Feb.24.

from PR-info by Jumbie Records:
Not many musicians can claim an 800-year musical legacy as balafon master Famoro Dioubate can. From one of the most prestigious families of griots in Guinea, Dioubate is a guardian of traditions dating back to the 13th century in the ancient Mandé Empire. Named for his ancestral village, Dioubate’s ensemble Kakande is an extension of the lineage that he knew back home, bridging this near millennial tradition to modern audiences.
As legend holds, the balafon appeared magically in the forest almost a thousand years ago where it was discovered and guarded jealously by mighty sorcerer-king Sumanguru Kante. Eventually it was re-conquered by the founder of the Mandé Empire, Sundiata Keita, who bequeathed it to his griot to play and protect.
Today, Dioubate is a unique artist in the Mandé musical world; keenly aware of the tradition he was born into, yet eager to reshape it. He carefully crafted this ensemble to serve his aesthetic curiosity. His inclusion of non-traditional elements is a nod to the dynamic and fluid nature of tradition. In a blindfold test, even the most educated listener of traditional music would have trouble discerning that many in the band are not African, and may be surprised to learn that the least traditional elements, the inclusion of the cello for example, were part of Dioubate’s own artistic design.
Eight hundred years of tradition is a heavy, daunting legacy. But for Famoro Dioubate and Kakande, tradition is picked up, dusted off, and fashioned anew. “We are musicians,” says Dioubate. “We have something together, and good musicians know no boundaries.”

Listen to Kakande

KAKANDE-20080216_Radio Session WFMU

setlist: 1.Kakande / 2.Bani / 3.Souaresi / 4.Dununya / 5.So Si Sa* / 6.Balafon Solo by Famoro Dioubate
*cover from Super Boiro Band song "So Ississa" (1975, 7", Syliphone)

Kakande: Famoro Dioubate - balafon, vocals / Yacouba Sissoko - kora / Raul Rothblatt - cello / Sylvain Leroux - flutes / Kolipe Camara - djembe / Sean Dixon - bass / Andy Algire - drums / Dave Ellenbogen - guitar / Missia Saran Dioubate - vocals

More Info about Kakande

Discography

2002: Famoro Dioubate on VA-Badenya: Manden Jaliyaa in NY City (Smithsonian)
2008: Kakande - Dununya (CD, Jumbie Records #JMB.0008) - jumbierecords
2008: Famoro Dioubaté - Douyoré (on VA-African Dreamland, CD, Putumayo Kids) - putumayo
2014: Famoro Dioubate - Kontendemi (digital only) - bandcamp and wuladrum

After all this travelling really need one

RAW!!!!

ps1: musicians playing abroad with others from other cultures is 'not always' to my taste, but this Kakande from New York/Guinee with a Balafon in the center played by a real Master I like very very much

ps2: Famoro if Trump's travel-ban in the future will have impact on you, you're always welcome in 'Pays de Mangues', and of course this statement is valid for all people who show respect to other people (which can not be said about the greatest grabbing DJ at the moment)