This release from Tapete now includes numerous bonus tracks, rare photograph and extensive liner notes.
Keita, Aly, Jan Galega Bronnimann & Lucas Niggli Kalan Teban
Intakt CD INTAKT338 7640120193386 17 Jan 20
Aly Keita - Balafon, Kalimba, Voice. Jan Galega Bronnimann - Contra Alto- and Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Kass Kass, Thumb Piano. Lucas Niggli - Drums, Percussion. Aly Keita comes from a Malinke Griot family from the Ivory Coast and is a master of the balafon, the African xylophone. The musician from Côte d'Ivoire settled in Europe years ago and has since played with a number of jazz giants from keyboard player Joe Zawinul to Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek. Aly Keita's music comes into its own in a trio with percussionist Lucas Niggli and woodwind player Jan Galgen Bronnimann. Both Swiss musicians were born in Cameroon and have known each other since childhood. The first successful album 'Kalo Yele' was released in 2016. They gave concerts and went on tour and have since refined and perfected their music. The new album 'Kalan Teban' shimmers in even stronger colours. The hypnotic music of dense balafon melody patterns, the singing of Aly Keïta, the grooves of the drums and improvisation arcs of saxophone or clarinet make it a trance-like listening pleasure.