Toumani Diabaté, Arnaldo Antunes & Edgard Scandurra

12 April 2013 07:00 PM

 A CURVA DA CINTURA: Toumani Diabaté, Arnaldo Antunes & Edgard Scandurra

Toumani Diabaté invited Brazilian songwriter and poet Arnaldo Antunes and guitar-hero Edgard Scandurra to Mali to record with him following a collaboration at the 2010 edition of the Brazilian festival Back2Black in Rio de Janeiro.

Arnaldo and Edgard arrived in Mali in April 2011 with a collection of songs they had written together. With the Malian musicians they combined rock 'n' roll, African roots and blues to create an uplifting Afro-Brazilian fusion that celebrates the spirit of collaboration and connects Mali and Brazil in a way that blurs geographical and musical boundaries.

Toumani's sublime kora playing is the perfect contrast to Arnaldo's sombre almost mechanical voice and adds a poignancy to ballads such as "Grao de chaos", "Psiu" and Toumani's composition "Kaira".

The album A Curva Da Cintura is out now on Mais Um Discos.
"A breathtaking meeting of minds and melodies." Sounds & Colours


"Cê Não Vai Me Acompanhar" (music video):
"Kaira" (music video + interview):