CD presentation: Malick Pathe Sow (Senegal/Acoustic Pheul Music)

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We are proud to present the very first CD issued on Muziekpublique’s brand new label. Malick Pathé Sow is an extremely talented Senegalese artist. Following loyal service as one of Baaba Maal’s main musicians (on hoddu, guitare and sometimes as composer), he embarked on a solo career after he arrived in Belgium. This is his fourth CD and it marks a return to his acoustic roots.

“Maayo Men” captures all the warmth, beauty and authenticity of Senegalese music. It pays tribute to the Laawbe, instrument makers and musicians who have traditionally taken responsibility for the oral transmission of knowledge between generations. Malian writer Amadou Hampâté Bâ has commented: “In Africa, when an old man dies, it's a library burning.” Malick’s CD aims to capture some of this rich oral tradition, painting a vivid picture of the everyday life and culture of the Fula people.

Maayo Men (“our river”) pays tribute to the river Fuuta Toro, which forms a natural border between Senegal and Mauritania. After years of conflict, this waterway has become a meeting place where dugout canoes from the two countries pass each other peacefully. The themes dealt with in this first Muziekpublique CD (protection of the environment, preservation of linguistic and cultural heritage, respect for diversity …) are as relevant in the musicians’ home countries as they are here in Belgium.

Malick’s vocal melodies will be served with a spicy instrumental mix cooked up by his fellow musicians playing the guitar, the hoddu (African lute), the kora (African harp), the nianiooru (African violin) and even the saz (Turkish lute).

Malick Pathé Sow : hoddu, guitar, vocals
Bao Sissoko : kora
Désiré Somé : guitar
Mady Kouyate : guitar
A. Komlan Octave : Calabash
Issa Mbaye Diary Sow : Nianiooru
Emre Gultekin : Saz
Athia Sow : backing vocals
Sylvie Nawasadio : backing vocals
Pape Baro : percussion

article submitted by:Linus Vanhellemont, Muziekpublique