Here’s your chance to watch some exclusive solo footage recorded of Yehia Mballa Samaké. He is the main n’goni player of Super 11, the undisputed masters of Takamba music. The look of him apparently doesn’t tell but he’s the main virtuoso on this predecessor of all guitars. When he plays, he’s watched by all Malian string instrument crackheads, wether they are Soray, Bambara or Tamashek. It simply doesn’t matter. The movie is recorded in Gao, Northern mali. because of the troubles caused by socalled religious people and the Algerian government he had to flee his own with his family to Bamako.
You can support his work and that of his band Super 11 by purchasing their exclusive digital Takamba album for € 8,- on www.super11.bandcamp.com.
If Justin Adams, guitar player of Robert Plant’s band, is to be believed, like him, you might just find it “devastating” and unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
On March 31 2010 mps PILOT was at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam as part of the World Minimal Music Festival. He had the honor to hang out with the legendary Steve Reich to present him a Future Takamba remix created in the 22sessions for 22Tracks.com.
Amongst the other remixers were Full Crate, Gomes, Individualism and Presk.
They all created a unique and completely different remix, on the spot at the WMMF.
get the whole album here: http://22tracks.bandcamp.com/
Yesss! Future Takamba will be performing thursday Mai 5th in Siby & friday Mai 6th in Bamako, Mali.
Both concerts are organised by The Jazzy Ben Koum Festival. http://www.jazzbamako.com
Updates following soon.
In less than a week from now, the Malian musicians of Super 11 will grace the stage together with DJ mps PILOT & VJ Lotte de Man to perform their highly anticipated Future Takamba project. Read all about it in our English section.