Magazine article New Internationalist

Salone

Magazine article New Internationalist

Salone

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Salone

by Kondi Band (Strut 143 CD, 2LP, digital)

This release from Sierra Leone's Sorie Kondi and Chief Boima - a DJ/producer with Leonean roots himself - occupies an interesting space that links some far-flung points. Utilizing kondi (a thumb piano rather like the mbira) and fuzzy electronics, the band's debut album, Salone, is situated somewhere between traditional music and a club sound that owes more to the classic techno that crashed out of Chicago and Detroit like a wave of revitalization in the late 1980s.

It would be easy to say that Sorie Kondi, the thumbmaster and singer (he takes his name from his instrument), represented the traditional side of Salone, with the USbased Boima taking the technological side. Far from it: Sorie, a blind musician who made his living on the war-torn streets of Freetown, was, like the Congotronic outsidergeniuses of Kinshasha, mixing things up. …

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