Contemporary Malian Sounds in Stokey

Written by: Sophie Taylor

This Friday sees the release of Malian master musicians, Trio Da Kali’s new album Ladilikan. Fusing rich, expressive vocals with traditional instruments like the balafon and bass ngoni, this is a beautiful mix of ancient Mande culture and contemporary Malian sounds. “Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds” – Songlines

Luckily for us North Londoners, we have the opportunity to see the trio play live in the rather fitting ethereal surrounds of Stoke Newington Church next month. 

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Legendary griot singer, Kassé Mady Diabaté’s daughter Hawa forms one third of the band, bringing buttery soft, gospel-esque vocals with an effortless vibrato. Musical director, Lassana Diabaté is a master balafonist and one of Mali’s most revered musicians having recorded and toured with many artists, including Grammy-Award nominated Toumani Diabate’s Afrocubism album and Symmetric Orchestra project. Bass ngoni player, Mamadou Kouyaté is the youngest of the group provides the contemporary edge, learnt from his father (the Grammy award nominated ngoni player, Bassekou Kouyaté).

The Nest Collective, (BBC Folk Club of 2010) has hosted a wide range of folk, world and traditional music since 2006 and seen folk take it’s position on the main cultural stage. Now they are proud to be playing host to Trio Da Kali and bringing their heavenly sounds to The Old Church alongside the talented Kronos Quartet.

Have a listen and try not to get your socks well and truly blown off all the way to Church Street.

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Tickets are £15 and still available here

Trio Da Kali  

26th October, 7:30 – 10:30pm

The Old Church

Stoke Newington Church Street

N16 9ES

Photos via www.triodakali.com by Daniel Balmat, Wolfgang Gonaus and LoLL Willem respectively.

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