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Between 2010 & 2012, with the unLabel part of my company CybearSonic (sound design), I produced a few African music albums, mainly from Guinea & Benin.

With Djeli Moussa Diawara, there were 2 of them:

  • a remastered version of his first album, known as Yasimika, as I could locate the master tape (unfortunately already mixed) in Abidjan. The tape was in bad shape, and it was a really complex job to extract the music from it.
1 of 4 tracks from « Yasimika (Abidjan 1982) »

« […] Two koras, a balafon, and a splendid female chorus backing Jawara’s lead make for a deserved best-seller among Africans in France. This is contemporary-traditional Mandingo music, purely and wonderfully performed and admirably recorded. »
John Storm Roberts, All Music Guide

« […] I swear the emotion is higher here, the weave a quantum more intense. And of such quanta are world-music classics made. »
« […] Yet once again his confident interweave and powerfully West African (Guinéan?) vocal feel (technique?) overwhelm secular skepticism. Right, this kind of Beauty is an ideological construct. Don’t we all deserve a vacation once in a while? »
Robert Christgau, Dean of American Rock Critics

« I’m not sure when I first heard the sound of a kora, but I do remember that everything changed in 1983 when I brought home an album by Djeli Moussa Diawara I found at Sterns African records Centre […]. Only four songs, all of them long, and I played this entrancing thing over and over, marvelling at the mixture of kora and guitar, the soaring voice of Moussa and the dreamy answering chorus of women. The endless circles of sound from the balaphon were hypnotising. I played all four songs on Capital Radio, and found that listeners were as enchanted as I was. »
Charlie Gillett, The sound of the world (Dec 01, 2006)

  • then, 13 tracks, mainly unpublished for « Paris 2010 », with some re-recorded in Paris. (Listen to a bootleg of his first concert in UK with this album).

Yékéké (Paris 2010)

From traditional music to Jazz, through a magical encounter with Madagascar.

You can download this album for free as a BitTorrent Bundle since 2014!


It was an interesting experience, both on a professional and personal level.
Unfortunately, none of these albums were released on CD or Vinyl as they should have been… These were complex times for me…

Now that I’ve left Europe and stopped working in the « Music Business », both these masters and associated rights are available for sale, including a few more unreleased tracks. Contact me!

Watch more videos on YouTube (incl. live @ Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar and @ New Morning in Paris).


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

J’ai découvert Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997), ce merveilleux musicien, directeur musical et chanteur dans la tradition Qawwali, une forme de musique dévotionnelle soufie du Pakistan, comme beaucoup j’imagine, au travers d’un remix par Massive Attack.

Mustt Mustt – Massive Attack remix

Attiré par cette voix sublime, juste accompagnée traditionnellement à l’harmonium et au tabla/dholak, j’ai creusé sa discographie, aussi bien dans les enregistrements de concerts « classiques » (type Ocora Radio France) que dans le travail fait pour le label RealWorld, et en particulier les 2 collaborations avec Michael Brook: 1990’s Mustt Mustt and 1996’s Night Song.

My Heart, My Life
Sweet Pain

Les choses « sérieuses » commencent après 4:00 😉
Je pourrais écouter cet album en boucle pendant des heures…


Il y a tellement à dire et écouter sur Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan et la tradition musicale qu’il a portée à travers le monde.
Je vous laisse découvrir sur les plateformes de streaming qui proposent presque toute la discographie en ligne…

Qu’il repose en paix !

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Live at WOMAD Yokohama 1992

Allah Hoo Allah Hoo
Mustt Mustt

NFAK et le cinéma

Ce que l’on oublie souvent, c’est qu’il a participé à plusieurs bandes originales de films, dont celle de « La Dernière Tentation du Christ » de Martin Scorsese, composée par Peter Gabriel (d’où les enregistrements qui ont suivi avec son label RealWorld).


On peut l’écouter aussi ci-dessous, en version longue non éditée, avec Eddie Vedder de Pearl Jam, pour le titre « The Long Road » dans la BOF de « Dead Man Walking » (la version disque ne fait que 5:31).


Article Wikipedia en anglais (plus complet qu’en français).

Barsoon Kay Intizar Ka (Waiting For Years)

Note :
Qaul (Arabic: قَوْل) is an « utterance (of the prophet) ».
Qawwāl is someone who often repeats (sings) a Qaul.
Qawwāli is what a Qawwāl sings.