Watch the video of Toumani Diabaté, Arnaldo Antunes & Edgard Scandurra performing ‘Kaira’ from ‘A Curva Da Cintura’ above.
Ahead of the live show at the London edition of the Back2Black festival on 1st July, the collaboration album between Malian kora legend Toumani Diabaté and Brazilians Arnaldo Antunes and Edgard Scandurra has been getting great feedback from the UK press:
Uncut “Global fusion at its best.” 8/10
Songlines “The Music is Pure Joy” ****
Guardian “Intriguing… swings between cool balladry and stomping rock workouts” ****
Metro “Bamako’s Blues, meanwhile, blows the roof off” ****
Telegraph “Gutteral romanticism and Diabate’s tinkling ornamentations delightfully cohere” ***
Financial Times ****
Recorded in 2011 in Toumani Diabaté’s studio Malian, the project first came together at the 2010 edition of the Brazilian festival Back2Black where Diabaté joined Antunes and Scandurra in Rio for what was the start of this unique collaboration.
Toumani’s sublime kora is the perfect contrast to Arnaldo’s sombre almost mechanical voice and adds a poignancy to ballads such as ‘Grao de chaos’, ‘Psiu’ and Toumani’s composition ‘Kaira’. With Toumani leading the ballads, his son Sidiki features on the album’s more lively numbers. His rapid kora playing intertwines with Edgard’s guitar to propel both the title track and ‘Cara’ forward, whilst the opening track sees him modulating his kora with wah-wah proving he has the pioneering spirit of his father.
UK LIVE SHOWS
1st July 2012 – Back2Black Festival – Old Billingsgate Market – London http://www.barbican.org.uk/back2black/