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jason on 02/20/2012 at 02:00AM

Lessazo: 30 Musicians from France and Mali Create Art Libre Double Album

photo via lessazo.org

Lessazo's Soleil d'hiver is a collaboration between fifteen musicians from France and fifteen musicians from Mali. There is no shortage of voices and instruments, from guitar to kora, calabash to electric bass, horn sections to balafon, talking drum and n'goni lute.

These aren't jam sessions -- each composition is beautifully orchestrated with room to breathe and time to let the ideas play out. Over the course of the double album, a host of French and Malian folk and jazz traditions fuse with bambara rap and dub-worthy bass while field recordings mix in and out of mbox studio sessions.

The album was released in 2006 on Alter Musique. We discovered it through the French free music portal Dogmazic, who curate a selection for the FMASoleil d'hiver is shared under a Free Art / Art Libre license, which dates back to 2000 and precedes Creative Commons. Read the english version at artlibre.org/licence/lal/en

Lessazo was founded by Maya Diallo and Antoine Gonot, who continue to perform in France as the Lessazo Trio as well as in Mail with Lessazo Angata. Video from an intercontinental studio session after the jump:

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Noise Problems on 02/24/12 at 11:28AM
Great work and amazing singers. Love the intros and presentations. It really transpires the feeling behind these awesome tracks. Merci bien!
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