WOMEX 2016 selection – New album out spring 2019!
Album: Salone, out on STRUT Records June 2017
Live on stage: 3-6
June 2017 Renowned label STRUT presented an inspired new Afro-electronic project: Kondi Band.
A collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.
The transatlantic dialogue takes a new twist on this collaboration between a Sierra Leonean thumb pianist and a North American DJ with Sierra Leonan roots.
“Sorie Kondi is a blind musician with a will to thrive like no person I have met before,” explains Boima.
The project was spawned after Boima happened upon an online video of one of Sorie’s original tracks, ‘Without Money No Family’, which he then remixed. After a Kickstarter campaign, Sorie traveled to the US to play a series of gigs with Boima and began recording new material. “This album forges a direct link between techno born in the black cities of the American Mid-West, where I grew up, and roots African music.”
The Guardian, Neil Spencer May 2017 – “Boima’s touch is light, adding discreet beats to Sorie’s tumbling melodies and rich voice, finding parallels between West African folk and US house. The songs are tough social cameos, the mood infectious. A winner.”