Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions”

A NoHo Arts music review of Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions” album.
A NoHo Arts music review of Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions” album.

A NoHo Arts music review of Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions” album.

Yaya Diallo is a Milanese musician-composer and author of the internationally renowned book “The Healing Drum” who mixes traditional Minianka music of south-eastern Mali with the more traditionally western instruments of cello, violin, double bass and flute, as well as African percussions—djembe, talking drum, and dounou – to create a unique and deeply moving spiritual sound.

The theme of this remarkable album revolves around a powerful figure in Miniankan culture, the Coredjouga, someone who has shed themselves of everything material in their lives, educating others through the irony of needing nothing.  This is the center of these gorgeous songs.

The striping back of the clutter of life, the music at its most pure and simple, the deliberately raw production giving the beautiful refrain of every instrument room to breath, to be their own unique selves. 

These sounds feel intrinsic somehow, every note played vibrating through your body as you listen, like ancient stories, familiar and profound. Indeed the music is drawn from a lost and hidden repertoire now rarely played in the villages in which they were created. 

Yaya Diallo, now an elder, believed it was imperative that this precious music was preserved through recordings like this one, saying: 

“This music belongs to humanity. My people say that when an old African dies, it is like a library burning. If I can share the small things that I get, I can be happy. I want my grandchildren to be able to play this music.” – Yaya Diallo

The album plays like a library of treasured sounds. Whether drums, or voices, strings or flute, it all comes from deep inside a collective memory, an ancient village of music and stories that connects us all if we will only take the time to truly listen.  A beautiful time capsule of love-infused healing sound.  It’s utterly incredible…

Listen to “Kachi: Traditions to Traditions” on Bandcamp.

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A NoHo Arts music review of Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions” album.
A NoHo Arts music review of Yaya Diallo’s “Kachii: Traditions to Traditions” album.

Musicians/Instruments:     

Yaya Diallo – balafon, djembe, talking drum

Jeanne-Sophie Baron – violin

Fili 周 Gibbons – cello

Freddy Speer – double-bass

David Gossage – flute

Malia Pellerin – vocals

Sara Rénélik – vocals

Producer Name(s): Yaya Diallo

Socials:

Official Website

Facebook

Instagram

Bandcamp

Soundcloud

Youtube Channel

Artist Contact Email: zyayadiallo@yahoo.com

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.