Toumaranke Song Series. Track 2: Temedi – Baby.

The second track on our debut album TAKHAUDI  DÉKAU is Temedi – Baby. In Susu (spelt in various ways, Soussou or Soso, in French but I’m sticking to the English spelling as I’m used to it) the main language used on the CD, it means, literally, baby girl, but it’s a term of affection for a woman such as a sister, friend or lover. It’s not quite darling, if people want to say darling they generally say cherie or sometimes use the English word. Temedi seems to be exclusively used by men. I’ve never heard a woman call another woman temedi and no woman has ever said it … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Track 2: Temedi – Baby.

Toumaranke Song Series. Takhaudi Dekau: Inside The Chicken’s Mouth. Track 10: Sorsonet.

Sorsonet is the last track on our debut album Takhaudi Dekau  When I first began to think about recording some of the music I was doing in Gambia what I wanted to do was something instrumental and balafon (West African xylophone) led. … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Takhaudi Dekau: Inside The Chicken’s Mouth. Track 10: Sorsonet.

Toumaranke Song Series. Track 1: Toumaranke – our ‘theme tune’….

All our songs, like most good songs, have a story behind them. One of the hardest choices I had to make when producing our debut CD  was which order to put the tracks in. In the end I went for … Continue reading Toumaranke Song Series. Track 1: Toumaranke – our ‘theme tune’….

Toumaranke band profiles. Mohammed Bangoura aka Okameo: Portrait of a friend.

I originally intended to start this series with Moussa Sylla, bandleader of Toumaranke and my husband. However Okameo got married recently and I’ve been looking at my photos and thinking over our friendship, so writing about him first developed out of that.  The three … Continue reading Toumaranke band profiles. Mohammed Bangoura aka Okameo: Portrait of a friend.

Toumaranke Recording Project Diaries. The Day Before Leaving.

Thursday 27th November 2014 I It’s very nearly the actual end of this visit, back to England tomorrow. The recorded Toumaranke files are safely there already with Martin. All the kitchen equipment, the big pots/bowls/cups/cutlery/big flask and so on, is packed up and back in storage. Most of the instruments are there too, just 2 balafons left here with us.  I was hoping to leave the laptop we used but Martin had to take it back for some technical reason I didn’t fully understand. This means Moussa is without an operational laptop, Kossy’s still works but neither M or Oka now have … Continue reading Toumaranke Recording Project Diaries. The Day Before Leaving.