Harouna Samake ‘Kamale Blues’ (MALI)
PLEASE NOTE: the concert will start at 8PM – SHARP!!!
HAROUNA SAMAKE ‘KAMALE BLUES’
A Contemporary mix of Groovy Jazz, Mali Blues & Wassoulou Traditions
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.