Exclusive stream: Silk Road Ensemble – Ichichila

Posted on March 16th, 2016 in News, Recent posts by .


We are pleased to offer an exclusive stream of  ‘Ichichila’ from the forthcoming Silk Road Ensemble album, Sing Me Home, featuring Toumani Diabaté and Balla Kouyaté

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble return this April with Sing Me Home, the latest collection of recordings and collaborations from the Grammy award-nominated cross-cultural project. Founded by the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble has assembled an impressive cast of more than 70 performers and composers from 25 nations over the last 16 years. This new release attempts to tackle the perpetuity of ‘home’ as a tangible and evolving idea. Sing Me Home is also a companion album to Morgan Neville’s cri de coeur documentary, The Music of Strangers.

‘Ichichila’ features Malian musicians Toumani Diabaté (kora) and Balla Kouyaté (balafon), both regarded as the leading virtuosos of their craft. Arranged by percussionist Shane Shanahan, he first heard the composition in 2007 whilst working with primary school students where he ‘instantly fell in love with several elements of this song.’

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Find out more about the album in the May (#117) editionSing Me Home is released on April 22 on Sony Music Masterworks. The Music of Strangers is slated for theatrical release later this year. Pre-order Sing Me Home today on iTunes and Amazon.

Full tracklist:
1. ‘Green (Vincent’s Tune)’ (feat. Roomful of Teeth)
2. ‘O’Neill’s Cavalry March’ (feat. Martin Hayes)
3. ‘Little Birdie’ (feat. Sarah Jarosz)
4. ‘Ichichila’ (feat. Balla Kouyaté and Toumani Diabaté)
5. ‘Sadila Jana’ (feat. Black Sea Hotel)
6. ‘Shingashi Song’ (feat. Kaoru Watanabe)
7. ‘Madhoushi’ (feat. Shujaat Khan)
8. ‘Wedding’ (feat. Dima Orsho)
9. ‘Going Home’ (feat. Abigail Washburn)
10. ‘Cabaliño’ (feat. Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto
Comesaña of Rustica)
11. ‘St. James Infirmary Blues’ (feat. Rhiannon Giddens, Michael Ward-Bergeman, and Reylon Yount)
12. ‘If You Shall Return…’ (feat. Bill Frisell)
13. ‘Heart and Soul’ (feat. Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer)

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