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TRIO

DA

KALI

TRIO

DA

KALI

KRONOS QUARTET

& TRIO DA KALI

Ladilikan

(World Circuit 2017)

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PRESS QUOTES

PROMO PICS

 

TRIO DA KALI EP

(released 02/15)

 

“…a recording of exquisite and lasting beauty”

fRoots

 

“Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds”

Songlines

 

 

 

LIVE REVIEWS

 

 

TRIO DA KALI: THE NEW FACE OF MANDE MUSIC FROM MALI

Afropop Worldwide, February 27, 2014

By Banning Eyre

 

“Watching Lassana fly through his instrumental composition “Samuel,” ... you can instantly spot him as a master, brilliantly engaged and spontaneous, technically impeccable, simply a thrill to behold. Lassana is one of those who feels that riffing and showing off has become overemphasized in griot music.”

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TRIO DA KALI MAKES GLOBAL MUSIC CONNECTIONS

Brandeis University's Community Newspaper, March 7, 2014

By Christa Caggiano

 

“’Da Kali’ means ‘to swear an oath’, and represents the griots’ pledge to their art, recalling a time when the griots were advisors to Mali’s pre-colonial rulers. Today, the griot is a historian, a storyteller and a performer, making them vastly important to the Mande culture. Trio Da Kali brings a fresh perspective to this serious societal role … Full of history, advice and emotion, [this concert] was a beautiful testament to how important traditions like the griots are.”

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A FLOURISH AS KRONOS TURNS 40 

The San Francisco Chronicle, December 9, 2013

By Joshua Kosman (review of Kronos Quartet’s 40th anniversary concert, UCLA)

 

“The collaboration with the remarkable Trio Da Kali offered one of the [Kronos Quartet’s] most arresting cross-cultural projects in years... their rendition of "Tita," a reflective yet urgent love song from Western Mali, was a knockout.”

 

 

PROMS 2013: WORLD ROUTES PROM REVIEW

The Telegraph, Chris Harvey revels in a highly charged night of

Malian and Azerbaijani music at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

“The highlight of the Trio’s performance was the song Ladilikan, in which Diabaté’s pure voice reached out over the violent energy of the (xylophone-like) balafon playing of Lassana Diabaté. It’s a protest song born of a time of fear, some of its lyrics translate as "You can't go to pray at the mosque on a Friday night, and then go out on a Saturday morning, chop off people's legs and murder children". A spirit of freedom was restored in the rhythmic jam Lila Bambo that ended the set.”

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PROMS 2013: WORLD ROUTES MUSIC REVIEW

Evening Standard, August 23, 2013

By Simon Broughton

 

“The concert opened with the Trio Da Kali from Mali in West Africa. Mali is one of the most musical countries on the planet, bursting with astonishing artists — and the members of this group come from great musical lineages... Hawa’s voice, with a touch of sandy grit, drew everyone in — with a song inspired by legendary American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.”

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PROM 54:  WORLD ROUTES

The Arts Desk, August 23, 2013

By Peter Culshaw

 

“This concert saw the debut of a highly appealing “chamber” Malian group Trio Da Kali, who play classy Mandé griot music – the trio consist of bass ngoni (lute), balafon (wooden-keyed xylophone) and the sweet, clear voice of Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (daughter of a legendary Malian singer). The pared-down line-up was a tremendous showcase for the sinuous and natural musicianship of the group.”

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PROM 54 – WORLD ROUTES (****)

Independent, Thursday 29 August 2013

By Michael Church

 

“As a warm-up we got a set from a new Malian trio who were making their first-ever public performance. And what Trio Da Kali purveyed was a lovely blend of griot music plus something close to jazz, led by singer Hawa Kasse Mady Diabate whose sound has been aptly compared with that of the American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.”

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Photos by Youri Lenquette