Sat April 2, 2022

Mamadou Diabaté & Percussion Mania 'Seengwa' (BF/A/ARM/CA/HR/CO)

Mamadou Diabaté: balaphone
Yacouba Konate: balaphone
Malika La Slamazone: slam poetry, vocals
Monique Adjohoun, Charlotte Tiendrebeogo: vocals
Wolfgang Puschnig: alto saxophone, flute
Karen Asatrian: piano, keyboards
Martin Gellner, Klaus Ambross: guitar
Lena Fankhauser: viola
Asja Valcic: cello
Byron Cortes: bass
Hamidou Koita: drums, percussion
Seydou Dao, Sadama Diabate, Brahima Zerbo: percussion

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The balafons started, quietly at first, the notes inducing tingles on my spine. Suddenly they began to crescendo. Dembélé joined with his flute, adding in vocals that mimicked the same pitches as the flute itself. The sound was raw, freeing—a jubilee of expression. They began to play louder and louder, the small room becoming engulfed in rich sound. Mamadou began to sing, his voice husky yet soft like butter. The buzzing resonance underneath the clear pitches washed over us. It seemed to me that the musicians and instruments were radiating an energy and light. Every person in the room was immersed in the music. People smiled, swayed and tapped their feet, present in the moment. As I listened, I felt the urge to just run somewhere in an open field or dance.

- Sophie Welch, The Brandeis Hoot