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Globe-trotting Damon Albarn announces new Africa Express digital release, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes, for December 9 2013, followed by a physical release in 2014
Recorded in Bamako, Mali, Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes was accomplished in just over a week this October. Musicians and producers involved in the project, including Brian Eno and Idris Elba, set up shop in a city youth club on the banks of the Niger river – locally known as Maison Des Jeunes.
Continuing the Africa Express ethos of mixing musical talent from East and West, the record features a fresh wave of contemporary Malian talent. Kankou Kouyaté (niece of Bassekou) joins her band Gambari, as well as Timbuktu indie group Songhoy Blues (video below) and Bamako-based talking drum band Doucoura who collaborate with London-based producer Ghostpoet.
An album launch event will take place on December 9 at London’s Oval Space, which will also feature the UK premiere of the documentary on the 2012 Africa Express train tour.
1. Adama Koita – ‘Fantainfalla Toyi Bolo’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
2. Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’ (Produced by Nick Zinner & Remi Kabaka)
3. Ghostpoet feat. Doucoura – ‘Season Change’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch & Damon Albarn)
4. Bijou – ‘Dougoudé Sarrafo’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)
5. Lil Silva – ‘Bouramsy’ (Produced by Lil Silva)
6. Talbi – ‘Rapou Kanou’ (Produced by Two Inch Punch)
7. Gambari feat. Kankou Kouyaté – ‘Yamore’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)
8. Yacouba Sissoko Band – ‘Chanson Denko Tapestry’ (Produced by Brian Eno)
9. Lobi Traoré Band – ‘Deni Kelen Be Koko’ (Produced by David Maclean)
10. Moussa Traoré – ‘Farafina’ (Produced by Damon Albarn)
11. Tiemoko Sogodogo – ‘Latégué’ (Produced by Brian Eno)
Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’
Critically acclaimed Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni ba will return to UK shores in March for a nine-date tour, following on from a highly successful string of 2013 British summer festival slots including Glastonbury and Latitude.
Bassekou’s latest album Jama Ko, produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), has received praise by audiences and critics alike, and has spent several months at the top of the European World Music Charts. The album has also recently been selected as one of Songlines Best Albums of 2013 (to be featured in the next issue).
Jama Ko (meaning a large gathering of people) is the most recent addition to a collection of musical successes that include the Grammy nominated album I Speak Fula (2009) and debut release Segu Blue (2007).
The tour will begin at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on March 11, and will conclude at London’s Union Chapel.
Announced tour dates:
March 11 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
March 12 – The Grand, Clitheroe
March 13 – The Arc, Stockton on Tees
March 15 – The Ropewalk, Barton-upon Humber
March 16 – The Apex ***SAHARA SOUL feat. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba + Sidi Toure***, Bury St Edmonds
March 17 – Arts Centre, Norwich
March 18 – St George, Bristol
March 19 – Howards Assembly Room, Leeds
March 20 – Union Chapel, London
Words by Nigel Williamson
Tamikrest are fast turning into the most rock-friendly of the Touareg guitar bands. Dedicated to the courage of the women who sustain the Touareg people in arduous circumstances (Chatma translates as ‘sisters’), the third album from the group led by singer and guitarist Ousmane Ag Mossa should find as much favour with avid readers of Mojo as with Songlines subscribers.
Under the influence of new rhythm guitarist Paul Salvagnac and producer Chris Eckman of acclaimed American alt-rockers the Walkabouts, Tamikrest venture boldly into the realm of something we might call ‘Touareg indie,’ adding to the core desert-blues sound a range of psych-guitar effects, garage beats, dub and funk. There’s even a spacey, Pink Floyd-style sonic montage, while Salvagnac’s bluesy solo on ‘Achaka Achail Aynaian Daghchilan’ evokes memories of the mighty Paul Kossoff on Free’s ‘All Right Now’.
It is a highly welcome development, too, for while it would be unfair to say that all of the Touareg bands that have emerged in the wake of Tinariwen sound identical, they have largely ploughed the same sand dune. All credit, then, to Tamikrest – who are a generation younger than the original Touareg war vets – for taking the sound in brave and brilliant new directions.
TRACK TO TRY: ‘Achaka Achail Aynaian Daghchilan’
Words by Nigel Williamson
The death of Lobi Traoré in 2010 at the age of 49 deprived the Malian music scene of a blues guitarist whose streetwise, rootsy playing was one of the glories of Bamako’s after-hours nightlife. If his studio recordings never quite captured his kinetic energy, these live recordings made in a city nightclub shortly before his death are the real deal. The opener ‘Makono’ showcases not only Lobi’s keening voice but his brilliant backing band, who lock into a simmering groove that creates the perfect sound-bed for his fulgent, improvised solos. The fuzzbox of ‘Banan Ni’ suggests the influence of Jimi Hendrix. The loping ‘Saya’ is a more traditional slice of pentatonic Bambara blues, before the tempo picks up again, setting the pulse racing, on ‘Mali Ba’. Then there’s ‘Maya Gasi Ka Bon’, a slow-burning, nine-minute tour de force in which his soloing builds to incendiary proportions.
Overall, the album could be criticised for a few imperfections and indulgences that untampered live recordings often betray. But that’s hardly a problem: a small, sweaty club with strings going out of tune was always the best environment in which to experience Lobi’s unique magic.
TRACK TO TRY: Makono