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Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck & Amadou Bagayoko Reunite Les Ambassadeurs

Legendary Malian band Les Ambassadeurs release a track from their rehearsal sessions in preparation for their summer tour.


Legendary Malian band Les Ambassadeurs are making a come back this summer as original members Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck and Amadou Bagayoko (of Amadou & Mariam) reunite to revisit their catalogue for audiences across Europe. The Malian pioneers were in Bamako last month prepping for their upcoming tour and have released some audio from their rehearsal sessions. Proving just how easily the group is able to swing back into their collective groove "Sidiki" showcases Les Ambassadeurs’ magical ability to combine geographically diverse soundscapes, wavy guitar lines, shifting rhythms and, of course, Salif Keita's dynamic vocals into head-bobbing compositions. Stream the rehearsal cut of "Sidiki," premiering with us today, and watch a short clip of Les Ambassadeurs as they prepare for their European tour below.

Les Ambassadeurs European Tour Dates

Jul. 5 Roskilde Festival - Roskilde (DK)

Jul. 6 Afrika Festival - Hertme (NL)

Jul. 25 La Mar de Musicas - Cartagena (SP)

Jul. 26 Barbican Hall - London (UK)

Jul. 27 Womad Charlton Park - Malmesbury (UK)

Aug. 2 Esperanzah! - Floreffe (BE)

Aug. 3 Festival du Bout du Monde - Crozon (FR)

Aug. 8 Way Out West - Goteborg (SE)

Aug. 9 Flow Festival - Helsinki (FI)

Aug. 15 Mela Festival - Oslo (NO)

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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