SONA JOBARTEH SUMMER SHOWS

July 11, 2018


TIGRAN IN THE UK!

May 12, 2018

Tigran returns to the UK with 2 fabulous shows. At the Barbican featuring Nils Petter Molvaer, and solo at St Georges, Bristol.

 

 


SONA JOBARTEH’S EURO SPRING TOUR 2018

February 26, 2018


Sona Jobarteh’s early dates 2018

January 8, 2018

Wroclaw, Budapest and Kings Place SOLD OUT!


DOBET GNAHORE JOINS MINTAKA ARTIST ROSTER

December 21, 2017

Dobet Gnahoré

Dobet Gnahoré, singer, dancer and percussionist from the Ivory Coast, inherited the force of the “Bété“ tradition from her father, Boni Gnahoré,  master percussionist .who appears with the Abidjan-based Ki-Yi Mbock Company (meaning “Ultimate Knowledge” in Bassa) a famous 50 person co operative village within Abidjan

It was within this Ivory Coast-based company that Dobet met French guitarist Colin Laroche de Féline, who went there to immerse himself in African melodies and rhythms.

Having spent some time in the well-known Tché Tché dance company, Dobet decided with Colin (in 1999) to form a duo, Ano Neko, which means “Let’s create together“ in Bété language. The duo toured widely in France (1999-2000)

When they returned to Abidjan in 2001, they took part in MASA Off (festival) where they were the centre of attention and, while they were there, they recorded eight songs under the supervision of the late Marcellin Yacé.

In 2003, their artistic project refocused on Dobet Gnahoré and expanded when a backup vocalist and a percussionist joined them.  Contre Jour Label (long time home to  Habib Koite and many others) took charge of Dobet’s  career and produced her first album entitled “Ano Neko“, making the link with Dobet and Colin Laroche’s story. This CD comprises songs mainly recorded in Abidjan during the summer of 2003. She released “Na Afriki” (2007), “Djekpa La You” (2010) and Na Drê (2014)

From Mandingue melodies to Congolese rumba, from Ivory Coast Ziglibiti to Cameroon Bikoutsi, from Ghanian High-Life to Zulu choirs, their compositions, carried along with jazz-like sounds, are varied and colourful. The sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos are brought in to support the guitar, the vocal backup and Dobet’s warm and powerful voice…

Dobet sings in a range of African languages including Bété, Fon, Baoule, Lingala, Malinke, Mina or Bambara, thereby reproducing the Pan-African tradition of the Ki Yi Mbock group.

On stage, her voice, her charisma and her huge presence, the result of several  years theatrical and choreographic taining, brings ecstatic audience approval. This is evidenced by the Venues that have hosted this illustrious performer in The USA and all across Europe….in the UK alone she has appeared at WOMAD, Kings Place, Africa Oye, Rich Mix and Union Chapel.

Her New Album “Miziki” for Spring 2018 release will bring her even further into the spotlight.


SONA JOBARTEH & HER GREAT BAND SUMMER DATES

July 14, 2017


SONA JOBARTEH SOON TO LAND IN GENEVA!!

May 16, 2017

Sona and her fab band will be playing at the Theatre Pitoeff in Geneva this Saturday, May 19. Come on out and hear some great music from this tradition-busting kora virtuoso.


SONA JOBARTEH EUROPEAN TOUR SPRING 2017

February 28, 2017


SONA JOBARTEH to play Cambridge

January 31, 2017

Sona and her magnificent band on Feb 11 will play the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events-list

 


TIGRAN HAMASYAN NEW SOLO ALBUM “AN ANCIENT OBSERVER”

January 17, 2017

We are excited about Tigran’s new solo album, “An Ancient Observer”, which will be released March 31st.

Here’s a fascinating sneak listen!

http://www.tigranhamasyan.com/ancientobserver/

From Tigran’s website:

“In regards to An Ancient Observer, Tigran took advantage of living in Armenia to compose a beauty—looking at his surroundings and reflecting on the bigger picture. “When I gaze out of my window and see the biblical mountain Ararat with the perpetual snow on its peak with foregrounds of electrical towers with wires cutting the picture, and the satellite dishes melted onto old and modern houses, ancestral smoke coming out of the chimneys and the birds hovering above the trees with occasional airplane trails in the vastness of the sky is the dialogue, the interaction of the God-given ancient nature and our modern human achievements,” he says. “For me it is an awakening and a beautiful feeling to be able to observe the magnificence of this sleeping volcanic giant which has existed for millions of years and was observed by from the Ararat Valley Koura-Arax culture to the present day citizens of the Armenian republic.”

 


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