Deltas

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Deltas

Breathtaking in this melancholic grace. Ligerian blues steeps in the stark, haunting mystery of the Delta. Just not the Mississippi Delta (no matter how much that bottleneck guitar sweats "Dogotou"). But rather that of the Niger and Loire Rivers, since the fittingly-named Deltas is a transfixing three-man merger of acoustic Mali with France- Albeit a cross-culture synthesis, the all-sting band's fingerprint is eminently West African, where groove – deep, dusty spectacularly moody- reigns supreme. The starting reference point is classical music, if you will. Predation Beethoven and Mozart by centuries; namely, Malian traditions which have been around since the invention of music itself. However, that's only a launch pad for their original creativity.

The setup is simble: nothing but strings, both ancient and contemporary. Frontman Andra Kouyate is king of n'goni, a prehistoric banjo whose gutty plunk is a jus as earthy as his chanting voice. When not opening floodgates for lightning-fast torrents of kora notes, Richard Bourreau pours rivers of sorrow from his worrying violin. Vincent Erdven's guitar supplies traction in the form of durable, circular riffs. Their fusion is exceptionally natural, whether stylistically centered around Bamako moan to‚ Le droit des enfants or venturing beyond with the richly melodic instrumental „Savaaree". (press review)


Line-up

  • Andra Kouyate: n'goni bass, voice
  • Richard Bourreau: violin, kora
  • Vincent Erdeven: guitar

Discography

Andra Kouyaté Solo

  • 2014 The Rough Guide to the music of Mali 2nd Edition
    (ft. the song ‘Dougoumassa’ from the album ‘Saro’ ) - Rough Guide / World Music Network
  • 2012 Saro (CD/MP3) | Studio Mali
  • 2010 The Other Edge - Raaga Trio | AnotherShapeRecords

Deltas and contributions to other albums

  • 2013 Deltas - Deltas | Kazemix Records
  • 2012 Cinéma el Mundo - Lo’Jo | Harmonia Mundi / World Village
  • 2010 African Revolution - Tiken Jah Fakoly | Wrasse Records
  • 2009 Speak Fula - Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba | Outhere Records
  • 2009 Seya - Oumou Sangaré | World Circuit
  • 2009 Gueleya - 2Fanga (Andra Kouyaté & Mah Bara Soumano) | Studio Mali
  • 2009 Spirit in the water - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records
  • 2008 Africa - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records
  • 2008 Sabali - Mah Bara Soumano | Studio Mali
  • 2008 Gender Revolution - Marc Liebeskind | Marc Liebeskind / NHS
  • 2007 Segu Blue - Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba | Outhere Records
  • 2007 Afriki - Habib Koité & Bamada | Contre-Jour / Cumbancha
  • 2007 Red Earth - Dee Dee Bridgewater | Emarcy Records
  • 2007 Kirikou et Karaba - Michel Ocelot (dir.) | EMI France
  • 2007 Alu Maye, have you heard - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records
  • 2007 fRoots 29 (ft. “Andra’s Song’ from ‘Segu Blue ) - Various Artists | Folk Roots
  • 2003 Bowmboï - Rokia Traoré | Nonesuch
  • 2003 Mali Lolo - Stars of Mali - Various Artists | Smitsonian Folkways
  • 2002 Je chanterai pour toi - Boubacar Traoré | Marabi
  • 2000 N’tin Naari - Fantani Touré | Sterns Records
  • 2000 Wanita - Rokia Traoré | Indigo
  • 1998 Mouneïssa - Rokia Traoré | Indigo

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