Mali Latino Sampler

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The idea for Mali Latino was born on tour and is the brainchild of master kora player Madou Sidiki Diabaté (brother of Toumani Diabaté) and pianist Alex Wilson. Alex travelled to Mali to research the project and there met the third collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Fofana. They then returned to the UK to create music which was commissioned and premiered at Aldeburgh. Sessions at Peter Gabriel and Steve Winwood's recording studios resulted in a powerful album recording .... the fresh, new unique sound of Mali Latino was born.

Mali Latino is led by :
Madou Sidiki Diabaté Kora
Ahmed Fofana Balafon, Guitar, Voice, Djembé, Keyboards, Foulaflé
Alex Wilson Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ

with guest vocalists :
Soumaïla Kanouté Dankon, Ankaben
Doussouba Diabaté Bamako 2000
Aoua Kassé Mady Diabaté Sangre Mandinga, Bomba Bambara
Djeneba Koné Ankan Tolon
Kandia Kouyaté Remercier les Travailleurs

additional lead vocals :
Ni Koh Bedy Ahmed Fofana
Sangre Mandinga and Bomba Bambara Davide Giovannini
Oiaymelo Emeris Solis

and the musicians are :
Davide Mantovani Acoustic & Electric Bass
Davide Giovannini Drum Kit / Timbales, Voice
Emeris Solis Congas
Nichol Thomson Trombones
Jonny Enright Trombone solo on Ankaben

Davide Giovannini plays Zildjian cymbals, Tamburo drums and JCP percussion.

behind the scenes :
Recorded at Real World Studios by Adam Daniels
with additional sessions at:
Bogolan Studios, Bamako - recorded by Oubda Eliézér & produced by Ahmed Fofana
Paul Chandler's studio in Bamako produced by Lucy Duran
Sofa Sound Studio, London - trombones recorded by James Knight
Premises Studios, London
Livingston Studios, London

Mixed by James Towler at Wincraft Studios

Mastered by Dominique Brethes at Wolf Studios

Produced by Alex WIlson, Ahmed Fofana & Madou Sidiki Diabaté

The music is based on an original commission by Aldeburgh Music and was supported by the PRS Foundation for New Music.

Executive Producers
Alex Wilson, Peter Houtman and Vivien Ardley

Artwork Design
Brian Hanlon, OG Media Group

Gerry Walden

Management & Logistics
Peter Conway Management

Logistics in Bamako, Mali
Violet Diallo

Lucy Duran

Thanks to :
Peter Conway, Nina Jermin, Anne Gumuschian, Dan Whitfield, Colin Virr, Hettie Hope, Celia Leggett, Jonathon Reekie and all at Aldeburgh Music, Anita Crowe, Lucy Duran, Jay Price, Steve Winwood & James Towler @ Wincraft Studios, Paul G Turney @ Sirensound, Paul Booth, Brian Hanlon, Tom Hunt @ Breed Media, Eleanor Household, Adam Daniels & all @ Real World Studios, Dominique Brethes @ Wolf Studios, Kevin Appleby @ Turner Sims, Paul Chandler, Violet Diallo, Debbie Dickinson, Mick Tee, Dorothy Howe, Peter Houtman, Vivien Ardley and Sarah Langenbach Wilson. All the musicians and collaborators who put their heart and soul into this project.

15 de febrero de 2022