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Les Sofas de Bamako
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Les Sofas de Bamako is a group of young Malian musicians playing music of Malian inspiration, but on modern instruments. Different from other bands in Mali, their music is coloured by jazz, blues and brass, whilst their way of singing is so typical Malian.

When Dutch saxophonist Dick de Graaf heard them playing during a jam session in Bamako, he was struck by the melodic intensity and their rhythmic feel, and the members of Les Sofas were impressed by his music as well. This resulted in the end in a collaboration, a recording session in Salif Keita's Wanda studio. As the recordings were co-financed by the Dutch Embassy in Bamako, SNV Mali, Shell Mali and the Afrika Studiecentrum, the band was given the opportunity to tour in the Netherlands twice, in 2000 and in 2001.

Les Sofas de Bamako consist of:
Moussa Marico flute
Mamadou Kouyaté lead vocal
Cheikou Tounkara keyboards
Djibril Camara bass, vocals
Alessane Kanouté solo guitar
Aliou Danté drums
Dramane Sissoko djembé

Dick de Graaf tenor sax
Jasper Soffers keyboard solo on track 3 (Bariba)
Duncan Peltenburg guitar solo on track 5 (Soninké)

Album cover 'Djigui'

Formed: in Bamako, Mali.
Style: bambara music with jazzy influences.


Title Year Label Remarks
Djigui 1999 Via Records 992088-2 Feat. Dick de Graaf - sax tenor

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