Hama Sankare is a renowned composer, arranger, vocalist, and calabash player from Mali whose reputation grew rapidly working with Ali Farka Touré. On Niafunke, Sankare is not just preserving this music, he is passionately bringing it to the next generation.
What Heat, the band’s second release, raises the stakes by joining forces with Metropole Orkest for a fascinating project. Bokanté and Metropole Orkest capture a musical tension from start to finish that keeps the listener on the edge of their seat. This union goes beyond a simple collaboration.
This intriguing collective connects musicians from Scotland, Belgium and Mali to create a blend of Celtic folk music with rock, blues and jazz undertones, woven together with a strong Manding influence. The quartet works seamlessly, spinning their acoustic instrumentation into a natural, harmonious style that is full of depth.
Nsimbi’s sound is filled with traditional East African instrumentation, but takes a modern approach. Their songs are based on Swahili and Baganda proverbs, which work well with Zamba’s fluid storytelling style. Zamba and Tamar believe that music helps improve society and with their joyous outlook, it’s easy to see how their melodies and lyrics uplift others.
Djénéba and Fousco proudly sing for their Kayes homeland and present an ensemble that respects traditional music while adding nice contemporary touches on their debut international release Kayeba Khasso. Their ensemble is as strong as the songwriting which is delivered passionately by two of Mali’s finest voices.