Late at night in Salif Keita’s studio in Bamako a cellist and a kora player recorded their jams. Vincent Segal (cellist) tells us what lay behind his collaboration with Ballaké SissokoRead more "Kora, Cello, Chamber Music – Vincent Segal"
Salif live is always special but normally you have to wait for the second half before it kicks off — but not tonight. Salif had the Barbican on its feet by the second song and never let them sit downRead more "Salif Keita: La Difference Tour – London Live Review"
I Speak Fula strips away some of the ponderousness that flawed the otherwise delightful debut album from this most explosive live band and reveals far more of Bassekou as a resultRead more "Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba – I Speak Fula"
Quite possibly the most difficult festival to get to on earth, certainly the most fun, The Festival in the Desert is held at Essakane every January. Head for Timbuktu and when you have reached the middle of nowhere, keep going for a few more hours of treacherous driving up and down sand dunes and you […]Read more "The Festival in the Desert 2007 – Essakane, Mali"
Catching Ba Cissoko’s band on stage is like watching African lightning bottled in front of you. The aching beauty of the acoustic kora, the thrill of an electrified kora and the cross currents of tradition and modernity in west African music meeting in one band. The whole — as dazzling as it is — feels […]Read more "Ba Cissoko – Visitors from Electric Griot Land"
WOMAD sported one of its best line-ups in years to its largest audience to date for a memorable weekend in the sunshine. Salif Keita, Angelique Kidjo, Femi Kuti, Gotan project… the list goes on and onRead more "WOMAD 2006 – Live Review"
With a mix of songs from his new album M’Bemba and the much-loved Moffou, Salif Keita swept a sold-out Barbican along with a sensational performanceRead more "Salif Keita Triumphs at The Barbican – Live"