HAROUNA SAMAKE ‘KAMALE BLUES’
A Contemporary mix of Groovy Jazz, Mali Blues & Wassoulou Traditions
Koncerten er støttet af Odense Kommune Musikudvalg og Statens Kunstfond.
An amazing line up of musicians who have been playing with Salif Keita, Manu Chau, 50 Cents, The Black Eyed Peas, Tiken Jah +++.: HAROUNA SAMAKE KAMALE N’Goni & Voc (Salif Keita, Amadou, Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate, Mike Stern,
.: LENI STERN : Blick Bassy, late Sali Sidibé, Les Ambassadeurs…)
ASSETOU DIAKITE: (late Sali Sidibé)
CHAWKI DAHBI: Guitar (Karim Ziad, Manou Chao, Bambara Band, Izuran, Merchan, MàaLam Mustapha Bakbo, Maâlem Houssam Guinia & Band…)
MIKE CLINTON: Bass (Salif Keita, 50 Cents, The Black Eyed Peas, Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani & Sidiki Diabate…)
CARLOS SARDUY: Trumpet, Keys & Percussion (Chucho Valdés, Bebo Valdés, Steve Coleman, David Murray, Esperanza Spalding, Buika, Ainhoa Arteta, Mariza and Ojos de Brujo..)
LEGRE THIBAUT SERY: Drums & Voc (Salif Keita, Les Ambassadeurs, Amadou & Mariam, Vieux Farca Touré, Tiken Jah, late DJ Arafat..)
Harouna Samake, for 2 decades the Kamale N’goni player for legendary Malian musician Salif Keita, released his anticipated first solo album, Kamale Blues, in August, 2018.
Recognised as Mali’s foremost Kamale N’goni player, Harouna has a long history of award winning musical collaborations. He arranged and recorded on five of Salif Keita’s albums and has recorded on more than 50 albums with artists including Salif Keita, Blick Bassy, Djessou Mory Kanté, Etienne Mbappé, Bassekou Kouyate, the late Sali Sidibé and Toumani Diabate, to name a few.
On ‘Kamale Blues’ Harouna employs his talents to reflect upon issues present in the world around him. His lyrics are the foundation for this conceptual approach, referencing themes of immigration, education, wealth & inequality, gender relations, and human rights. Sung mostly in his native Bambara, with some English and French phrasing, Harouna’s album mixes various genres – from Wassoulou, Mali Blues, Manding styles, to jazz and blues. His sound is unique, groovy and full of lawyers of traditional Malian arrangements with contemporary ideas and strong solos. The chorus are song with the soft angelic vocal of his wife, Assetou Diakite, that contrasts Harouna’s soft, yet somewhat ‘raw’ voice.
Harouna’s career as a Kamale N’goni master started from humble beginnings. He fell in love with the instrument at the age of eight when he first witnessed a performer play in his small village in Mali. He collected a calabash, a branch of wood and found some strings. With help of a master, who gave him an old antilope skin, he constructed his first Kamale N’goni by hand. He was asked to pay the skin with grass for the old matras of the master. Harouna’s flock of friends ran to the fields to collect grass, and helped their popular friend.
The family could only afford send Harouna’s brother to school, and this became the talented musicians blessing: Harouna now perfected his musicianship while working on his family’s arable lands.
At the age of ten, he was hired to play at weddings and other events in the villages, and by the age of 13, the legendary Wassoulou singer Sali Sidibé, hired him for her group, and they soon recorded and started touring internationally. The collaboration lasted a lifetime; latest album she released was ‘Wale Gnouma Don’ from 2017.
In 2001, Harouna was going on a tour to France, but faith would have it that his passport dropped in a deep hole while standing in line at the embassy. Even the staff helping trying to rescue it, the papers had disappeared. It was too late for tour, so he got cancelled. Two days later, his phone rang. It was Salif Keita. Salif had heard about his talent and asked him to drop by for a tester. Harouna got hired on the spot. The collaboration became a long lasting relationship, and Harouna has since been touring the world with the superstar of Mali, for almost two decades.
Over the subsequent years, Harouna Samake’s style and abilities have impressed many critics and internationally acclaimed artists. Bonnie Raitt gave him his first electric guitar as a thank you, after jamming at Festival au Dessert, and Bella Flick, recorded 2 albums. Later he also recorded 2 albums with jazz guitarist Leni Stern.
After 20 years of touring internationally with Salif Keita, Harouna shows his exceptional talents as a musician, composer, arranger and producer to marvel a whole new global audience of listeners through his exquisite full-length album.
The album is produced by Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo in Bamako, recorded by Yaya Diarra, and mixed by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann in Copenhagen. It was released by One World Records in August 2018. The press was thrilled, ‘Kamale Blues’ went straight to the top of international charts and won several international Awards & Nominations:
TOP 16 Best Albums of 2018, Forbes Afrique
Nominated for Afrima Awards 2018
TOP 40 Transglobal Worldmusic Charts Sept, Oct, Nov, December 2018
The Academia Award Gold Medal ‘Best World Music Album’ Oct 2018
The International Song Competition 2018, 3rd Prize (given in May 2019)
TOP 10 Mixed World Music 2018
Selected for WOMEX SHOW CASE 2018
KEXP Live performance 2018
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