From the early sixties until the mid-seventies, Les Ambassadeurs were the flagship band of new African music. Their style, mixing ancestral art, salsa, jazz and funk, lit up “world sono”. The return of this super-group, with the EP Rebirth, does not simply take us back to a golden age. It also symbolizes values of freedom and authenticity encapsulated in a sound, the unchanging, haunting groove of Mandinka pop music. The EP is available July 10 on CD and vinyl!
The artists will also donate all profits from "Rebirth" to the Salif Nantenin Keita Foundation in Paris and its center in Kouloubléni, Mali where young Albinos - who are feared, despised, rejected and worse in Africa - can find safety, medical care, education and training.
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In parallel with his internationally recognized work as a musician, Titi Robin has continually sought out practical ways to deepen his exploration of the literary and the poetic. A leading instrumentalist and an exemplary creative artist, as much due to the all-embracing nature of his music as to his philosophy of combining aesthetic pursuit with real experience, he is joined by Mehdi Nassouli on Taziri, who blends his Moroccan traditions with Robin's Mediterranean sound world. The African origins of the blues are just one of the many influences perceptible on this album as Robin takes us on a philosophical journey that allows us to hear the beauty of the world.
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Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa are touring the US in September and October! Check out their tour dates:
9/11 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
9/13 - World Music Festival Chicago, IL
9/16 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
9/17-9/18 - Legion Arts Landfall Festival - Cedar Rapids, IA
9/19 - Alverno Presents Global Union Festival - Chicago, IL...
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Praise for Mazal:
"listen to music from singer, lute player and founder of Orchestre national de Barbès, Aziz Sahmaoui, where Maghreb rock, jazz and gnawa music come together in a danceable ecstatic trance groove."
- WNYC Soundscheck
The ‘castelli’ sung here by Corsican singers A. Filetta - available September 11 - don’t only refer to historic locations. They are also castles in the air, sandcastles, ivory towers… The religious and secular pieces included here, written for the theatre, for dances and for the cinema, are influenced as much by Shakespeare and Fernando Pessoa as by anonymous writers, all driven by the same humanist vision. With an open-minded musical approach that juggles notions of memory, nostalgia and utopia, these songs also question the meaning of life and seem to echo Jorge Luis Borges’ universally relevant phrase: Basically, I am all that I ever lost.
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