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Nterini (Sparrow & Barbossa Remix)

Fatoumata Diawara

MoBlack Records
MBR387 | 2020-06-12  
A duo brought together by a shared passion for world stories and lost cultures, and their abilities to preserve narratives through sound, namely in the language of electronic music spoken in its most native and tribal form, Sparrow & Barbossa imparts MoBlack Records with a dancefloor-geared and strikingly elegant rendition of Fatoumata Diawara's 2018 original. The Malian actress/singer/guitar player and songwriter's "Nterini" brought to life, a story so personal yet universal as heartbreak and loneliness, from a modern-day romance afflicted by a deep-rooted contemporary global phenomenon, drawing these inherent ambiguities through an interplay of traditional and modern musical techniques and mechanisms. Swiss Bryan Coletta and Uruguayan Emiliano Haberli break down Diawara's masterpiece, piquing its brokenness to recreate an experience from a new perspective, maintaining focus on its gripping Bambara lyrics, the timelessness of traditional African percussion, versatility of tribal rhythms and the ubiquity of migration not only in the composer's narrative but in a global context. Set off by hearty bass in the uncertainty of hastened tempo, Sparrow & Barbossa retrieve the original's vulnerability through tender piano riffs before nostalgia hits and emotions pour with Fatoumata Diawara's climactic vocals and motion-inducing drum processions break free, evoking the liberating and binding allure of movement and fundamental humanity in dance.

Press by Marie J Floro

Artwork by Erikan Ekefrey

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