Yamoussa Camara aka Kossy/Kossybilly or Camarakay (which simply signifies ‘man of the Camara family, Kay meaning man – although I’m just guessing about the spelling) has been a member of Toumaranke for over three years and is now pretty much a … Continue reading Toumaranke Band Profiles. Kossy in context. The family compound.
Moussa Sylla is the leader and main composer/creator/songwriter for the group Toumaranke as well as being the person I’m married to. Our musical association predates our sexual relationship and our partnership isn’t simply about playing together, but it’s hard to seperate that … Continue reading Toumaranke Band Profiles. Moussa Lengue Sylla: Portrait of my husband.
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.
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.
Martin and Hadja left yesterday so I am now without cook, other female or English companion. Everything feels very strange as Moussa and I are still at the lodge, no-one else is here apart from Maty and staff, and we’ve got nowhere else to go as we don’t have a house at the moment. We’ve not managed to get anything since last year when we had to leave yet annother suitable place. Finding somewhere which is musician tolerant as well as having basic facilities, like a well or a tap inside or geographically close, that isn’t too expensive is a hard task; … Continue reading The Toumaranke Recording Project Diaries – Day 13, Almost the End of Everything!
Sat 22nd Nov 2014 – last day of recording. Band politics were a bit tiring yesterday so hoping things may be easier today. Energy levels are low, as are supplies – powdered milk/tea/coffee all running out. The bag of potatoes … Continue reading Toumaranke Recording Project Diaries. Day 12. Last day of recording
Friday 21st November 2014. A really early start this morning. Moussa out of bed by 7.30 which is very unusual. He’s feeling better physically and wants to get stuff ‘sorted’. We’ve been to our house to look for various suitable … Continue reading The Toumaranke Recording Project diaries. Day 12. Off to Mosque in a Purple Haze.