Mow Records drop their third album L’enfants De Kita – all produced by label owner Mowgan and this time featuring the vocal talents of Fanta Sayon Sissoko from Mali. The album was recorded in Toulouse where Fanta is based, she is a singer with a musical family – her father played guitar and ngoni for Senagalese singer, Baaba Maal and her grandmother is Kandia Kouyaté, one of Mali’s best-known griot singers.
Mowgan collaborated after moving back to France a few years ago and bumping into old friend, Eric Diaouré, a musician from Mali who arranged the meeting with Fanta. This is the third in a five album series that has already featured Solo Sanou and Kaleta. Solo’s collaboration Soya was the second release, with him playing percussion, Mamadou ‘Madou’ Dembele, a multi-instrumentalist playing ngoni, Yohan Hernandez on guitar and bass, plus Madani Touré (aka Chanana, a famous Malian rapper from the 1990s) contributing to lead vocals on the album’s title track.
All of the series has so far been digitally released, as well as on vinyl by Mow Records. Each project has showcased a range of musicians and performers of African heritage and the electronic production of Mowgan.
A chance meeting in a New York club led to the conception of Mowgan’s debut album, in collaboration with renowned African Benin-born Nigeria raised singer and multi-instrumentalist, Kaleta (Leon Ligan-Majek) an ex Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill cohort who also fronted Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble and presently heads up a 70s style afro funk band called Super Yamba based in NYC. The Frenchman was working at Lina Frey when he overheard a Beninese salsa singer called Laurent Hounsavi. He approached the singer and was put in touch with Kaleta, who lives in NYC too. Kaleta also invited vocalists Shade Myers Emmanuel, Justin Masters and Gbenga Wise, Freddie Deboe on sax, Mic Dada assisting Mowgan on synth pads and Japanese trumpet player, Takuya Kuroda.
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