The creative collaborators of the Paris-born project released their first EP in 2009. At that time, the band had neither a singer nor a vocalist. Instead they invited a variety of singers and rappers into the studio and on stage very early on. Mamani Keïta was already her favourite partner at that time. From then on, she contributed many songs to the band’s songbook. Other companions of Arat Kilo were Mike Ladd, Rokia Traoré, or Mulatu Astatke. Mamani Keïta is one of the most important diaspora voices in Mali, her band colleague Mike Ladd is a master of spoken word, two singers used to performing in completely different realms. They finally achieved Europe-wide fame with the album Visions Of Selam. With this third album, Arat Kilo blossom where they are best, in the groove, and open up to other musical cultures. Arat Kilo are undoubtedly adventurous Frenchmen, exploring the connection of the already very mixed ethio-jazz with other genres. From rap to funk, soul or afrobeat to dub – not forgetting the melodies that come directly from Mali, a country that maintains a distant and mysterious musical kinship with the Ethiopian highlands. Bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and brass – a well-oiled groove machine, The power of the compositions will compel you to dance.
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