Tamala balances naturally between tradition and innovation, power and refinement, dream and reality, north and south. Above all, it is an encounter that shares human values alongside musical alchemy. For instance, the three musicians support a small school in Senegal which earned them the nickname 'Les ambassadors de Ceppe'
Tamala came about organically and is first and foremost a human encounter that makes itself very much felt musically. It is an encounter between three musicians from different backgrounds.
Mola Sylla is a Senegalese singer and multi-instrumentalist living in Amsterdam. He makes you gasp with his special vocal timbre until the last note. He is accompanied by virtuoso kora player Bao Sissoko and the extremely versatile Wouter Vandenabeele on violin. Together they form an intense union that lets the music come straight from the heart. Bao Sissoko is also a scion of a family of Senegalese griots, steeped in the mandinka tradition. His recognisable style of playing on kora, sometimes delicate and fragile, other times rough and energetic, made him an authority on the instrument. In between many collaborations (Malick Pathe Sow, Baaba Maal, Abou Thiam, Mamy Kanoute, Zap Mama, Vaya Con Dios, Sioen, ...), Bao meets the violin of Wouter Vandenabeele (Olla Vogala, Chansons sans Paroles, GFVP) in the project " La musique d'Issa Sow ", released by Homerecords. In duo, they feel each other perfectly and you got a wonderful tension between tradition and improvisation. As a trio, with Mola Sylla joining them, that dialogue is further pushed to a dizzying level.
- Mola Sylla (vocals, xalam) (Senegal-NL)
- Bao Sissoko (kora) (Senegal-BE)
- Wouter Vandenabeele (violin) (BE)