Friday, 19 February 2010

Kora Jazz Trio - Kora Jazz Trio (2003)

Genre: Ethnic/Jazz, International/Africa, Jazz/Modern Postbebop
Format: Flac + cue + log
Released: 2003
Label: Melodie, Celluloid

01. Tabou
02. N'dyaba
03. Senef
04. Miriya
05. Now is the time
06. Goree
07. N'dimi
08. Mimi
09. Matamani
10. Nina

Djeli Moussa Diawara was born in Guinea into a family of griots, a traditional caste of African priest-poets musicians. His father was a famous 'balafon' player, his mother a singer and his half-brother is Mory Kante. Both as a singer and as a musician (playing his 32 string harp, the 'kora') he has achieved a mastery very rarely attained , whether bringing new approaches to mandingue music or adapting his instrument to other musical styles Salsa, Flamenco, Blues and now Jazz.

Abdoulaye Diabaté, like both his colleagues in this trio, was born into a family of professional musicians in Senegal. After ten years of study at the 'Conservatoire National' where he won many first prizes as a classical pianist, he developed a passion for Jazz and became the leader of the Senegalese National Orchestra. Presently he tours as Salif Keita's pianist and has also worked with many other stars (Manu Dibango, Mory Kanté, Papa Wemba). He is certainly the most sought-after arranger and composer active in African music today.

Moussa Cissoko, was also born into a griot family in Senegal, with his brother he has already recorded an album of percussion on the Celluloid label and he is recognized as one of the great masters of West African drumming techniques.
Mixing rhythms, his style and feeling have accompanied several major figures of the French and International music scene since the 80's (Peter Gabriel, Toure Kunda, Ray Lema, Manu Dibango …).

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