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Trio Da Kali And Kronos Quartet - Ladilikan (12" VINYL LP)


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3.Eh Ya Ye
4.Garaba Mama
5.God Shall Wipe All Tears
8.Lila Bambo (CD only)
9.Kene Bo

You take a trio of the fi nest traditi onal griot musicians from Mali and put them in a studio with western music’s most revoluti onary Western string quartet - and the resulti ng album is one of the most richly rewarding musical collaborati ons you are likely to encounter. Together the Kronos Quartet and Trio da Kali have created an album that is rich in texture, haunti ngly melodic and strikingly inventi ve as violins, viola and cello combine with balafon, ngoni and the powerful female voice of Hawa ‘Kass Mady’ Diabat in transcendental style. David Harrington, who founded the Kronos Quartet in 1973, describes the album as “one of the most beauti ful Kronos has done in forty years.” All three Da Kali members come from hereditary musical families; Balafon player and musical director Lassana Diabate was a long-ti me member of Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra and has recorded with Salif Keita, Taj Mahal and many others. A musician of great subtlety and inventi on he has honed a virtuoso two-balafon technique to perfecti on. Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyat is the eldest son of the instrument’s greatest exponent, Bassekou Kouyat and he holds down the groove in his father’s band ‘Ngoni Ba’.
Singer Hawa ‘Kass Mady’ Diabate is the daughter of Mali’s greatest traditional singer, Kass Mady Diabate, and the power, range and phrasing of her voice led David Harrington to compare her to the late queen of American gospel, Mahalia Jackson. Kronos Quartet have earned an enviable reputati on collaborating with contemporary composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Laurie Anderson and with world music icons from Argentinian tango hero Astor Piazzola to Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle. If it is true that music crosses all boundaries and connects all of us with our common humanity, regardless of the usual divisions, then Ladilikan shines brightly as a wonderful example of putting that idea into practice. - Folk Radio UK

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