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Exclusive: New video from Sidi Touré

Posted on February 6th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


Photograph by Alex Harvey-Brown (

Catch a first look at the new video from Mali’s Songhai bluesman Sidi Touré, featuring the track ‘L‘eau’ (The Water) taken from 2013’s Alafia (Thrill Jockey). With a strong penchant for lens-flares, the video features Sidi singing against the backdrop of the River Niger’s beautiful watery landscapes.

In the new issue Andy Morgan talks to the singer and guitarist about his intent to put Songhai culture on the map and growing up in the north-east of Mali.

‘L’eau’ (The Water)

Don’t miss Sidi this March as he embarks on a European tour:

March 13 – Paris, France – Theatre 13 ticket link
March 14 – London, UK – The Forge ticket link
March 15 – Gateshead, UK – The Old Town Hall ticket link
March 16 – Bury St Edmunds, UK – The Apex ticket link *
March 18 – Brighton, UK – Komedia ticket link
March 22 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Rasa ticket link
March 25 –  Dortmund, Germany – Konzerthaus ticket link *
March 28 – Brussels, Belgium – Espace Senghor ticket link
March 29 – Luxembourg – Philharmonie ticket link *

* Sahara Soul w/ Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba

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BBC 6music Celebrates African Music Weekend

Posted on January 13th, 2014 in News, Recent posts by .


BBC 6Music Celebrates African Music this weekend

BBC 6Music are to dedicate an entire weekend (January 17-19) to playing music from across the continent of Africa. Presenters and guests will play their favourite tunes from African artists in recognition and celebration of African music. Gideon Coe, Rita Ray, Tom Ravenscroft, Mary Anne Hobbs, and Songlines columnist Cerys Matthews will join Tom Robinson in encouraging the station’s listeners to create their own Africa-inspired playlist on his Now Playing @6Music show.

Mali Music, a new documentary presented by Gemma Cairney, will be the main focus of the event. It will include a look at Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project where Malian musicians joined together with Western artists like Brian Eno, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner, and Ghostpoet in a musical fusion of styles.

Mali Music will air on 6Music on Sunday January 19 at 1pm-2pm. 

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New Africa Express album on the way

Posted on November 18th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Maison Des Jeunes PACKSHOT


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.

Full tracklisting:

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’

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba announce 2014 tour

Posted on November 7th, 2013 in Live, News, Recent posts by .

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

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