I was in Belgium in April and met up with Afel Bocoum and his wife Pascale. They have a project for preserving old instruments in Mali that are being forgotten and disappearing from modern Mali music simply because not many people play them anymore. Afel is now touring with Mamadou Kelly and Alain Plume to raise funds for this project. Later this year they will return to Europe with artists playing these instruments.
While you wait for this spectacular event, I've uploaded a few new songs with the always so generous Afel. Thank you so much and a special thanks to Mariejke!
I got some very sad news today. My friend Oumar Konta passed away this morning.
Oumar meant so much for so many people. We shall always remember Oumar with happiness in our hearts.
365 days ago, I launched this website and it's been an incredible year. I'm humbled by all the generosity of all the fantastic artists and the amount of positive feedback from all you readers and listeners. I could not have dreamed of FIFTY THOUSAND plays on Soundcloud.
In the near future I plan to record a concert with Bassekou Kouyate and also a little something with Afel Bocoum and Mamadou Kelly... I'll keep you posted.
Two years ago, I recorded Songhoy Blues for the first time in Bamako. Now, 400 gigs later, they came to visit my hometown and it was such a pleasure to get to spend some time with the band again.
To all of you, enjoy this updated playlist with six brand new tracks recorded in Stockholm just a few weeks ago!
I'm very happy to announce a brand new addition to Malihokan.com: ngoni and tama player Djime Sissoko! I just uploaded 6 brand new tracks for you all to enjoy!
Djime Sissoko is from a family of musicians. His uncle is the well known multi-instrumentalist Baba Sissoko and Djime plays on 3 of his uncle's albums. Djime alos has his own band "Djama Djigui" (Hope of the people), a ngoni orchestra with female singer Aïchata and percussion. Additionally, Djime Sissoko is a regular member of Samba Toure's group.
It’s been a month now since you left us, my little brother. I just want to tell you that I’m so happy that we met, that you made me a part of your family and wanted to be a part of mine.
You were such a positive energy and I will miss discussing your beautiful ideas for Malian culture with you.
You were my partner for this website and we had so much fun on the way.
You were my inspiration and you always will be.
If there is a place where friends can meet after this life, then I’m expecting you to stand there and greet me welcome when it’s my time to go. Like you always did when I flew in to Bamako. Hopefully with Farka and Mangala by your side.
It’s been fantastic spending time with you.
It’s been a privilege.
Peace Love Respect
Have a listen to the new upload "Diadie 2" by Afel Bocoum. This song is dedicated to Diadie Sangare, a wealthy business man who has helped many, many Mali artists. If anyone knows who's playing the njarka and the flute, shoot me an e-mail!
Also, I just put up some new photos from my Mali travels on the About page. Have a look!