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Africa Express Shares 'Terry Riley's In C Mali' Film

Watch a Mali-shot film accompaniment to Africa Express' interpretation of 'Terry Riley's In C Mali.'


This week Africa Express released Terry Riley’s In C Mali, the first "African version" of minimalist composer Terry Riley's 1964 classic "In C." This new interpretation of the composition was recorded at the same Bamako Maison des Jeunes youth club that housed the studio for Africa Express' previous LP. The recording features Bamako artists Adama Koita, Bijou, Cheick Diallo & Modibo Diawara alongside the likes of Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner Jeff Wootton. To mark the release, Africa Express has shared the full Roland Hamilton-directed film that accompanies the composition, which features many of the recording's players and was shot on a drive along Malian streets. Africa Express will be screening an exclusive Director’s Cut premiere of Tate Modern and Africa Express present… Terry Riley’s In C Mali, an interactive film featuring a live performance of the piece led by conductor André de Ridder, at Rough Trade East on February 5. Africa Express Presents: Terry Riley's In C Mali is available now from Transgressive Records. Watch the full stream below via Pitchfork.

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