DATE: Sun 13 Oct
VENUE: Rainbow Restaurant
TIME: Show starts at 3.30pm
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.
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.