Balimaya Project, When the Dust Settles, New Soil ***1/2

A sweeping synthesis of African music and jazz flavours coalesce in the approach of Balimaya Project's leader djembe player, vocalist, composer-arranger Yahael Camara Onono, a band that draws on Mande material from Senegal and Mali where scooped …

Published: 21 Jul 2023. Updated: 10 months.

A sweeping synthesis of African music and jazz flavours coalesce in the approach of Balimaya Project's leader djembe player, vocalist, composer-arranger Yahael Camara Onono, a band that draws on Mande material from Senegal and Mali where scooped up horn responses and scintillating kora runs are part of the recipe, the mellow 'A Prayer For Our Parents' just one of the early highlights. A long play listen charting themes of life rituals, migration and brotherhood keep When The Dust Settles playing rather than cherry pick given there is so much flow here and more an expansive feeling even than their earlier work Wolo So. Featured guests include Afronaut Zu , Obongjayar and Fassara Sacko. Tender ballad 'Suley's Ablution' steps out of the main style of the album and shows how much possibility there is in what Balimaya Project offer in terms of song and acts as a formidable contrast to the winning groove and motion found elsewhere. Out today

Balimaya Project, pictured, play one of their biggest concert hall dates so far with an appearance at the Barbican in London joined by a string sextet, Obongjayar and Afronaut Zu on 17 October. Photo: Balimaya Project on Bandcamp

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