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african jazz roots



Released: 14th Feb 2013


A meeting of African tradition & French jazz, conceived in Senegal in 2009 at the Saint Louis Jazz Festival where Magma drummer Simon Goubert first encountered the kora player Ablaye Cissoko.

Mutual appreciation in time became a band, who debuted at the same festival the following year. From that came a recording, made in Dakar in 2011. The jazz rhythm section of drums & double bass is joined by Peul flute, kora & sabar drums in a seamless & imaginative cross-cultural exchange. Aside from his long career with French prog kings Magma, Goubert has followed his own exploratory jazz path, with a keen ear for world music. Cissoko has risen to prominence in the crowded kora field with his collaborative albums with German trumpeter Volker Goetze.

african jazz roots