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Malian Electro-Dub Meets Animation In This Video From Midnight Ravers

3 Malian and 3 French artists form Midnight Ravers, an audiovisual project that blends traditional West African sounds & electronic beats.


In 2012, three Malian and three French artists connected to form Midnight Ravers, an audiovisual project that explores the meeting points between traditional West African sounds and electronic beatwork.

The group—comprised of Malian vocalist Fatim Kouyate, electronic n’goni player Assaba Drame, producer Dominique Peter, kora musician Mamadou Diabate Sidiki, illustrator/painter Emmanuel Prost and videographer Pierre Duforeau—have just put out their sophomore album Sou Kono, a follow-up to last year’s Le Triomphe du Chaos.

The clip for “Exil” (“Exile”), one of the highlights from the new record, superimposes Prost’s illustrations over idyllic shots of a lone canoe rider going down the Niger River for a unique Bamako visual excursion.

Watch our premiere of the video below and grab Midnight Ravers’ 11-song Sou Kono, available now on Jarring Effects. Catch the band live on their upcoming European tour dates listed underneath and revisit their previous video for "Diarabi."

Midnight Ravers European Winter Tour Dates

12/3 @ EMB Sannois

12/4 @ Bars en Trans -Rennes

12/5 @ FGO Barbara -Paris

12/9 @ Transbordeur -Lyon

12/12 @ La Pêche -Montreuil

12/14 @ RFI - Bande Passante Live

12/18 @ Iboat - Bordeaux

12/19 @ La Basane - Miramont de Guyenne

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Photo: Kelenna Ogboso.

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