A Comtempary mix of Groovy Jazz, Blues & West African Bambara Traditions

Harouna Samake, for 2 decades the Kamale N’goni player for legendary Malian musician Salif Keita, released his anticipated first solo album, Kamale Blues, in August, 2018. 

Recognised as Mali’s foremost Kamale N’goni player, Harouna has a long history of award winning musical collaborations. He arranged and recorded on five of Salif Keita’s albums and has also recorded on more than 50 albums with artists including Blick Bassy, Djessou Mory Kanté, Etienne Mbappé, Bassekou Kouyate and Toumani Diabate, to name a few. On 'Kamale Blues' Harouna employs his talents to reflect upon issues present in the world around him. His lyrics are the foundation for this conceptual approach, referencing themes of immigration, education, wealth & inequality, gender relations, and human rights. Sung mostly in his native Bambara, with some English and French phrasing, Harouna’s album mixes various genres – from Manding styles, to jazz and blues. His sound is unique, groovy and full of lawyers of traditional Malian arrangements with contemporary ideas and strong solos. The chorus are song with the soft angelic vocal of his wife, Assetou Diakite, that contrasts Harouna's soft, yet somewhat 'raw' voice.

After 20 years of touring internationally with Salif Keita, Harouna shows his exceptional talents as a musician, composer, arranger and producer to marvel a whole new global audience of listeners through his exquisite full-length album. 

The album was produced by Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo in Bamako, recorded in Harouna's studio Sama Recordings by Yaya Diarra, and mixed by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann in Copenhagen. 'Kamale Blues' was released by One World Records©℗ in August 2018. 

'Harouna Samake. Groovy & uplifting Kamale Blues from Mali "One of Mali's most versatile and exciting bands' Simon Broughton, Songlines Magazine

‘Harouna Samake is known as a Malian grandmaster on the kamale n'goni, the kora-likeinstrument from the Wassoulou area in Mali. For years he has been one of the driving forces inSalif Keita's band. With ‘Kamale Blues’ the time is ripe to show what he is capable of under hisown flag and that results in an impressive African album’ Eric van Domburg Scipio, Heaven

‘Such a beautiful album!’ Nicky Blumenfeld, The World Show, South Africa

The international press was thrilled. 'Kamale Blues' went straight to the top of international charts and won several Awards & Nominations:

TOP 16 Best Albums of 2018, Forbes Afrique

TOP 10 Mixed World Music 2018

Nominated for AFRIMA AWARDS 2018 

TOP 40 Transglobal Worldmusic Charts Sept, Oct, Nov, December 2018 

The Academia Award Gold Medal 'Best World Music Album' Oct 2018 

The International Song Competition 2018 3rd Prize (given in May 2019)

Official WOMEX SHOW CASE selection 2018

KEXP Live performance 2018

Carolina Vallejo & Harouna Samake, Bamako, Mali

Album Line Up

Harouna Samake Kamale N’Goni, Guitars, Bass & Vocals 
Assetou Diakite Backing Vocals
Madou Kaki Congas
Madou Sanogo Percussion
Youssouf Daba Diarra 2nd Kamale N’Goni on 
N’tôgnôli, Lanaya Fourou, Vous Savez & Paani
**Special guests
Cheick Tidiane Seck Keys on N’tôgnôli
Carl Winther Keys on Ayé Namé & Try Voice
Ben Besiakov Keys on Bérema Djémbe
Ze Kouyate Percussion on Try Voice
Aminata Diara Backing Vocals on Vous Savez
Maman Diabaté Balafon on Lanaya Fouru
Boua Diabaté Tama on Balazan
Harouna Samake Calabash on Dissan Konon
Harouna Samake Keys on Vous Savez
Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo Clapping on Paani 
Legre Thibaut Drums
Aminata Dialo Backing Vocals on 
N’tôgnôli, Bérema Djémbe, Blues Chaseur, Paani
N’tôgnôli, Lanaya Fourou, Vous Savez & Paani
***Lanaya Fouru
Aminata Danté & Bah Kouyate Backing Vocals
Maman Diabaté Balafon
Makan Camara Drums

01 AYÉ NAMÈ 04:32
02 N’TÔGNÔLI 05:15
03 TRYVOICE 04:20
04 BALAZAN 04:25
08 IL EST TEMP 05:12
10 VOUS SAVEZ 05:07
11 PAANI 04:53

All Music & Texts ©by Harouna Samake
Produced by Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo
Recorded by Yaya Diarra, Sama Studio Records Bamako Mali 2018
Mixed by Carolina Vallejo & Richard Plougmann
Mastered by Richard Plougmann, Ventura Studios Copenhagen Denmark 2018
Executive Producer Carolina Vallejo
Kamale Blues ©℗HSCV123 All Rights Reserved
One World Music Publishing©&℗ 2018 One World Records
The album has kindly been supported by Koda’s Cultural Funds, The Danish Music Publishers & The Danish Arts Fundation

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