Kouyaté - Neerman On Tour

West African rhythms in dialogue with European electro jazz tunes
On tour in South Africa and Lesotho | 10 – 15 October 2013

   
Photos © Denis Rouvre

Lansiné Kouyaté, balafon maestro from Mali, teams up with David Neerman, electric vibraphone ‘sorcerer’ from France, to put audiences in a hypnotic trance with a unique sonic landscape beyond African music, rock, jazz, electro.

Kouyaté-Neerman is more than the juxtaposition of two men, of two cultures. It’s an instrumental dialogue in search of novelty, where the skyscrapers and the Mali’s steppes meet, refusing to be labeled.

When they began playing together eight years ago, they knew that their instruments were distant cousins. At the bottom of the vibraphone sounds a balafon, and vice versa. They know the past (the Mandinka tradition, the jazz), but they converse in present.

Kouyaté without Neerman is Lansiné Kouyaté who studied in the Orchestre National du Mali, partner of the greatest names (Salif Keita, Mory Kanté). Bold experimenter, he adapts his balafon’s ancient sounds to a variety of languages – from Béjart’s ballets to Joe Zawinul, including Positive Black Soul’s rap, Omar Sosa’s Cuban music, and the Malian project Red Earth from Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Neerman without Kouyaté is David Neerman who is comfortable as much in the evanescent world of the Korean singer Youn Sun Nah, as in the urban spontaneity of the slam (Anthony Joseph & the Spasm Band), in the contemporary post-jazz (the Collectif Slang) and in the thousand-year-old poetry of the Mandinka music.

They present their second album Skyscrapers & Deities, recorded last autumn in Paris. Skyscapers inspire modernity, altitude and a panoramic point of view. Deities inspire ancestral magic, spirits, be they from the forest or the clouds. The album floats in between all these things, between the horizon and vertigo, technology and spiritualism. “With this record, we reached a new dimension”, says David Neerman, “Lansiné and I know and understand each other better. We do everything with joy, it’s getting easier and easier, we’re not afraid to let the music take us where it wants to take us”.

Watch their video Requiem pour un con on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CweWDyZubJg

Performance dates in South Africa and Lesotho
Thursday 10 October | Alliance Française, Sunnyside, Pretoria
Friday 11 October | Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg
Sunday 13 October | Rainbow Jazz Club, Pinetown, Durban
Tuesday 15 October | Alliance Française, Maseru

Find more about their music on www.myspace.com/kouyateneerman and www.facebook.com/kouyateneerman

Kouyaté – Neerman on tour in South Africa and Lesotho, in partnership with Institut Français, the French Institute of South Africa, the Délégation Générale des Alliances Françaises en Afrique Australe, the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, the Bassline, the Alliance Française of Pretoria, Pro Sounds, the Alliance Française of Durban, the Rainbow Jazz Club and the Alliance Française of Maseru. 

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