It began as the grey-skied daydream of two London students, to cycle from the UK to Mali. After months of desert pedalling, warm encounters and dusty dawns, Mikaela and Imran arrived in Bamako where they befriended the musicians of Sèkè Chi. Before long they were rehearsing and jamming together, eating millet porridge on the backstreets of Bamako and topping up the petrol generator to keep the buzz of the amps alive.
‘tuning pegs and fishing line’ is a modern collaborative piece of work that dares to throw together sounds from Senegal, Mali and UK folk song. It is a celebration of musical friendship, the sharing and survival of oral tradition and the spirit of collaboration itself.
released July 3, 2014
Marta Albright - cello
Sadio Cissokho - Kora and vocals
Baini Diabaté - electric guitar
Souleymane Fofana - vocals and guitar
Imran Khan - acoustic guitar
Andra Kouyaté - ngoni and vocals
Fousseyni Kouyaté - ngoni
Lassine 'Ton-ton' Kouyaté - yaraba and tamani
Mouktar Kouyaté - Calabash
Mikaela Parrack -vocals
Ben Sellers - clarinet
Recorded at Studio Mali, Bamako and Shaken Oak Studio, Oxfordshire