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.

The Toumaranke Recording Project Diaries – Day 13, Almost the End of Everything!

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!