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Africa Express Presents: The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

The new album from Africa Express & the Syrian National Orchestra is a bold alternative to the images of war torn Syria that flood our media.

It's the penultimate night of Africa Express tour of Europe with former and current members of the Syrian National Orchestra. On stage in Istanbul’s stunning Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre, Julia Holter’s boldly vulnerable voice skips above the soaring orchestral strings and Seckou Keita’s lightly percussive kora playing.

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Ngoni Master Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's Celebratory 'Siran Fen' Video

Watch the music video for "Siran Fen," the lead single off ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's forthcoming 'Ba Power' LP.

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Last week, Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyaté & his band Ngoni Ba shared the stream of "Siran Fen" alongside a teaser for their forthcoming album Ba Power. Now, the band releases the music video for "Siran Fen." Starting with a black-and-white overhead shot of a motorcycle-filled square, the John Bosch-directed visuals quickly turn to color as they show Kouyaté and his bandmates performing the ngoni-spiked track amidst a crowd of dancing people. Like the Ba Power album teaser, the "Siran Fen" music video feels somewhat like a mini-documentary. With its close shots of vocalist Amy Sacko warmly singing and crowd members circling around her, the video welcomes viewers into the ensuing festivities, encouraging their participation in the unfolding celebration. Ba Power will be released in CD/LP/Digital formats on April 27 via Glitterbeat Records. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba will have an album launch show for Ba Power on May 31 at London’s Scala. The band will also perform at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on May 3 and the Wychwood Festival on May 30. Additional Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba performance dates can be found on Bassekou Kouyaté's Facebook page. Watch the music video for “Siran Fen” below.

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Ngoni Pioneer Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba's Forthcoming 'Ba Power' LP

Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba share an album teaser and the song "Siran Fen" from their forthcoming 'Ba Power' LP.

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