BA "AMKOULLEL", RAPPER
"We don’t envy anything to the others in matters of rap"
Amkoullel, the "handsome
man" or the Fulani child of the Malian rap was back to the fold
last month. Before flying for France where he leaved for almost one
year, he told us the reason of this two weeks stay and his aspirations
Mag: What is the reason for your stay?
Amkoullel: I returned to the fold to renew contact with my
fans. And I did it through a show which took place on July 16 at Luna
Park. For the circumstance, I had called all my friends of Bamako.
- You also arrived with a new album, "Mali-Fransi". Can you
present us this baby?
Amkoullel: It’s a mixtape. It’s neither an album
solo nor a compilation. It’s a new concept. This album is the
fruit of a collaboration with the hip hop environment in Paris "Mali-Fransi"
is an opus composed of remixed songs and new creations of rappers of
several nationalities, based in France.
- What justified this experiment?
Amkoullel: it’s Zemtsov, the team with which
I work in Paris. They helped me to carry out this new experiment. They
also helped me for my maxi which must be released in Europe. On Mali-Fransi,
we joined together ten rappers including seven Malians. I was motivated
by the fact that it’s a kind of collaboration; a form of artistic
twinning between Mali and France. It’s also a manner to show to
the Malians that we don’t have anything to envy what is done in
France even in Europe as matters of rap. Generally, it’s the means
of promotion and distribution that are missing to us.
- Concerning collaboration, you made the first part of certain
celebrities like Cheick
Tidiane Seck. What did this brought you as experience?
Amkoullel: Cheick Tidiane Seck is a Master in music.
I learn a lot with him on scene. We have different genders, but the
essence of music is universal. Cheick plays Mande groove and jazz based
on modernised traditional music. He had made three featuring with King
Lassy Massassy. As he moves a lot, I accompany him for
a certain time to ensure the first part of his spectacles. This allowed
me to meet people like Manu Dibango, to share the scene with Saly Nyolo,
Keziah Johns, Lassana, Moriba Diabaté and a lot of other artists
or instrumentalists. I was with the elders and all I could do was to
- One year ago, you left us to undertake studies of sound engineer
in France. Where have you got to with these studies?
Amkoullel: Finally, I was not been able to study because that
was extremely expensive. The least expensive school and the least referred
costs 3,5 million F CFA per annum. And I need four years of study without
counting my daily expenditure. I thus preferred to concentrate on my
work of author interpreter which allows me to keep close to sound engineers
regularly. That offers me the opportunity to learn at work.
- Do you have immediate projects?
Amkoullel: I have a lot of thing at the head. But, I don’t
like speaking about the things which are not concrete yet. You can be
sure that I’m trying to restructure the hip hop on my level. Because,
in Mali, this industry is still at the antiquated stage. And even if
Mali K7 makes considerable efforts, there are no well organized networks
of distribution of rap products at a time when that is essential for
The word of the end?
Amkoullel: I will not cease saying: Stop to Pirates. To the
music lovers I say: do not buy pirated products at the risk of compromising
the career of your artists and condemning them to misery. Let us be
especially human and love each others.
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Boncana has a baby with Kamaldine
It was known that the maestro, Boncana
Maïga, and his protégée Mama Aïssata
Kamaldine got on wonderfully. But rare are those who knew that this
complicity was prolonged in the cabins sheltered from the prying eyes.
The turtle-doves have an easy time of it in the arms of each other.
Result! A baby. This time, it is not question of an album but of a young
girl born last April in the United States and whose parents are Kamaldine
and Boncana. One then understands why the maestro had become the odd-job
man the young Guinean woman whom he revealed to the public and imposed
in the international show biz with her successful hit, "Madada".
Better, it is clear that the maestro is not only a fabulous arranger,
but also a perfect seducer with an irresistible charm. In any case the
beautiful Kamaldine succumbed so much that she had a baby with him!
Well done maestro. Long and happy life to our daughter! (Source: magazine
Podium of Guinea).
The most popular Beninese artist of the world music, Gnonas
Pedro who has been for a few days between life and death
finally died. Our Beninese gentlemen who stopped his solo career to
join the band Africando was a militant of peace, solidarity and friendship
between the people. According to information, the Beninese government
engaged to take all the expenses related to his hospitalization. The
Mag, the personnel of Mali k7 offer their condolences to his family
and to the group Africando.
Site Tata Pound on line
is the site of the band Tata pound. It has just been put on line. All
that you want to know about Tata pound is available on it: the Biography
of the group, the discography, the news, and you can also dialogue with
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As we announced in our preceding editions, Desert Blues has just observed
a pause after a long tour of two months through Europe and America which
had a phenomenal success. According to Michel De Bock, one of the organiser
of this creation, "the objective is reached because it was not
to make money with 24 people on tour, it was rather done to show the
other slope of the musical richness in Mali" he explains. The Artists
are back to the fold and intend to develop the project.