This final studio recording before his untimely death in 1999 saw Ananda pushing boundaries yet again, teaming up with eclectic London producer Sam “State of Bengal” Zaman to mesh elements of Indian classical music with breakbeat, hip-hop, and tabla-driven beats in an exhilarating, at times zany, fusion of 60s pop and 90s grooves.
Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.
so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell
Pretty much a New Sounds’ greatest hits here (Volans’ “White Man Sleeps,” Ingram Marshall’s Fog Tropes II, and Gavin Bryars “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” as performed by ACME. Full download from NYCTAPER.com. Thanks!
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba return with a new single, new album and live dates
Mali’s ngoni ace returns. After his celebrated debut album Segu Blue and the Grammy nominated follow up I speak fula, hundreds of concerts all over the globe, an appearance headlining the AfroCubism project and, just a few months ago, stunning appearances at the latest Africa Express events performing with Sir Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn and many others, Bassekou Kouyate is back with his new album.
Jama ko means ‘a big gathering of people’. It is the first song to be released from the forthcoming album of the same title. It is a call for unity, peace and tolerance in a time of crisis: no matter who you are, let us come together and enjoy life, and celebrate the true spirit of Mali.
“Jama ko, c’est pour tout le monde”, says Bassekou Kouyate, the celebrated ngoni player, explaining the title of his third album, “There are over 90% Muslims in Mali, but our form of Islam here has nothing to do with a radical form of Sharia: that is not our culture. We have been singing praise songs for the Prophet for hundreds of years. If the Islamists stop people music making they will rip the heart out of Mali.”
The recording of Jama ko took place in March 2012 in Mali’s capital Bamako. It was recorded with an entirely new line-up including Bassekou’s two sons Madou and Moustafa Kouyate, ngoni ace Abou Sissoko and a number of other young talented musicians from Bamako. It became political by accident. In the afternoon of the first day in the studio the military overthrew the president Amadou Toumani Toure (ATT). It was a shock for Bassekou as the former president was a great supporter of his music. Somewhere between power cuts, fuel shortages and the uncertainty of daily curfews the recording went on. Meanwhile the situation in the north of Mali was getting worse and worse by the day. In the studio a musical answer started taking shape: Instead of keeping quiet Bassekou plugged in his wah wah pedal, cranked up his amp and let loose: Ne me fatigue pas: don’t wear me out. You can hear the heartbeat of Malian music pulsing in this music.
Kasse Mady Diabate is featured on the Latin-flavoured Sinaly singing about Sinaly Diarra, a Bamana king famous for resisting forced Islamisation in the 19th century. Kele Magni is a duet between Amy Sacko and Khaira Arby from Timbuktu, calling for peace in Mali. Zoumana Tereta praises the cotton farmers of Mali in Mali Koori with a voice that takes you back into the time of the great Bambara warriors. Jama ko also features an incredible duet between Bassekou and Taj Mahal (vocals / electric guitar) and ends with the touching song Moustafa by Bassekou’s son Moustafa dedicated to his parents thanking them for all they have done for him.
Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Hotel 2 Tango) recorded the album in Mali and ended up mixing and co-producing most of it back home in Montreal. Andrew Barr (Barr Brothers) and Max Weissenfeldt (Poets of Rhythm) added drums. Mocky Salole (Feist, Jamie Lidell) contributed to the production and played organ and drums.
Jama ko digital single out now 19 November 2012 Jama ko album out in the UK on 28 January 2013 Live in the UK: 26 January 2013 - Barbican, London + 27 January - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections (Sahara Soul triple bill with Tamikrest and Sidi Touré)
Clarinetist and Bang on A Can All-Stars co-founder Evan Ziporyn, guitarist Gyan Riley (son of composer Terry Riley), and legendary Czech singer/violinist Iva Bittova. Don’t miss this supergroup performing this Friday night, 2/15.
The Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko again works with French cellist Vincent Segal in sweet and soulful ways. After all the time they’ve spent together in and out of the studio, the two bring a loose-limbed and relaxed spirit to At Peace.
It’s the last day of the year, and the time for making lists. Go on - choose 10 of your favorites from the list we have for you. Choosing the music John Schaefer plays: Priceless. (Actual deadline: 1/10/13 at noon, for you procrastinators.)