Posts Tagged ‘Mamani Keita’

More acts announced for WOMAD Charlton Park 2016

Posted on April 7th, 2016 in Live, News, Recent posts by .


Lura, Ana Tijoux, and Les Amazones d’Afrique are among the second wave of acts announced for this year’s WOMAD Charlton Park Festival from July 28-31

Following February’s announcement of the first wave of acts heading to Wiltshire this year, WOMAD have revealed the latest surge of artists who will take to the stages this coming July. 

Cape Verdean singer Lura graces the stage following the release of new album Herança, the brilliant Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux delivers her socially aware material, and extraordinary all-woman supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique – featuring Oumou Sangaré, Mariam Doumbia of Amadou & Mariam, and Mamani Keita – showcase some of Mali’s greatest female singers.

Other confirmed acts include: 
Asiq Nargile (US)
Broadway Sounds (Australia)
Charles Bradley (US)
Chouk Bwa Libète (Haiti)
Cuncordu e Tenore de Orosei (Italy)
Hanoi Masters (Vietnam)
Heartbeat (Israel/Palestine)
Hindi Zahra (Morocco/France)
John Grant (US)
La Mambanegra (Colombia)
Mercedes Peón (Spain)
N’Diale (France/Mali)
Roots Manuva (UK)
Sons of Kemet (UK)
Soom T (UK)
Wiyaala (Ghana)
Xaos (Greece/UK)

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Top of the World: Mamani Keita – Kanou

Posted on April 4th, 2014 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .


Words by Jon Lusk. Photo by Lisa Boostani

Mamani-KeitaKanouArtworkPaddling her own Kanou 

A former backing singer with Salif Keita, Mamani Keita is best known for her 2001 recording debut Electro Bamako, which found her accomplished Malinke roots-based song craft comfortably couched in the jazz, reggae and electronic settings of her producer, Marc Minelli. Kanou largely leaves behind the occasional rock guitar dynamics of her subsequent two albums with Nicolas Repac in favour of sparser, more rootsy arrangements by Marc-Antoine Moreau.

The veteran Rail Band guitarist Djeli Moussa Kouyaté provides hypnotic guitar work, punctuated by spicy interjections from ngoni luminary Moriba Koita. Mamani’s warm, silky voice is best showcased on the memorable title-track, while the frisky and infectious ‘Dounia’ confirms her status as a writer of rootsy, dance floor-friendly pop.

Mali is already blessed with a surfeit of fine female artists and Mamani Keita is sure to get the share of the limelight she deserves if she keeps making records as good as Kanou.

TRACK TO TRY: ‘Dounia’

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