Trio Da Kali (MALI)

15 сентября 2017 выходит альбом африканцев Trio Da Kali совместно с Kronos Quartet.

Malian tradition meets contemporary classical music with the fantastic first single from Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet’s upcoming album, “Ladilikan”.

“Eh Ya Ye” is the first taste of what’s to come on September 15th, when the full-length work comes our via invaluable World Circuit label.

Over almost 4 minutes, we can celebrate the one an only vibrato of Hawa Kasse Mady over steady repetitions delivered by her fellow band members, Lassana Diabate and Mamadou Kouyate, and Kronos Quartet’s steady strings, which come out to the front only at the very and.

Lyrically, “Eh Ya Ye” – a song about “a cleric who falsely claims the power to conjur up spirits” – is a lesson and a warning to stick to the truth, and keep away from overestimating (and overadvertisting) your own capabilities.

But for Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, any limitations seem to be disputable.

The three musicians of Trio Da Kali hail from the Mande culture of Mali, from a heritage of distinguished griots, the caste of specialist hereditary musical artisans. The group was created by the Aga Khan Music Initiative with its aim to showcase neglected repertoires and performance styles of the griots. They bring a fresh, contemporary, creative twist to their musical art, breathing new life back into this ancient tradition. Their performances offer a rare glimpse into the soul of the art of the griot, celebrating the African continent’s finest, most subtle and sublime music.
The trio’s performance revolves around the soaring, rounded vibrato voice of Hawa Kassé Mady (daughter of legendary singer Kasse Mady Diabaté), performing the songs she grew up with in Kela, at the heart of the griot world. There are dazzling solo balafon pieces by the group’s leader Lassana Diabaté on the 22-key balafon. Few can match his lyricism and virtuosity, and the resonant sound of the rosewood keys of his balafon. Mamadou Kouyaté (son of ngoni maestro Bassekou Kouyate) underpins the music with punchy bass lines on a large ngoni, West Africa’s oldest string instrument.
Auspiciously, the trio’s first international appearance was at the BBC Proms in summer 2013; they have since gone on to collaborate with the celebrated Kronos Quartet, and were most recently seen with Toumani Diabate at last year’s London Jazz Festival.

Genre: world music

“Ladilikan” is out September 15th via World Circuit.


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