Let this Franco-Malian crew and their “Mali-tronica” put a spell on you.
I’ve recently found myself fascinated by the fusion or traditional African melodies and western electro beats. It seems to me that the more you merge various music genres from different countries and cultures, the more chances you have of giving birth to a unique style. It’s like everything in this world: culture mixes always generate something special. Children from multi-racial parents are the richest souls on this planet and the same thing applies for music and art in general. If you’re not sure what I mean, let the music explain (links below).
Their previous release – Le Triomphe du Chaos (2013) – was born of an unusual encounter between electro and traditional music. In this new album, the band went even further down the road of Africanized outer space. The result is a fascinating sound based on smooth fusion beats and rhythms topped with traditional vocals and aerial melodies. It makes you travel deep into the malian desert.
Fatim Kouyaté’s vocals provide in turn raw emotion, happiness, sadness and ethusiasm. The singer – who grew up in a Malian griot family – is also a backing vocalist for Rokia Traoré and has been featured in several rap bands. She embodies African beauty and brings it forward with her amazing voice. Her smooth traditional Malian vocals give a unique dimension to the samples produced by Dom Peter – a French drummer from Lyon. The sub-Saharan vibe of the album is strengthened by the use of traditional instruments like kora, n’goni, balafon and djembes.
This project is based on sincerity and open-mindedness. Three Malian and three French musicians combining Mandinka and Western inspirations in the form of music, drawings and videos. An intensely emotional project that makes me want to pack my bags and take the next flight to Bamako!
Discover the band's blog: http://midnightraversblog.tumblr.com