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Maciré Sylla

Maciré Sylla is a citizen of the capital of Guinea, a country who has the oldest post colonial musical heritage and influenced much of other West Africans neighbours since it independence in 1960. While being born in Conakry, Maciré spend several years of her childhood with her grandparents in the countryside. Her grandmother taught her the old songs giving her traditional roots and a musical legacy.

At a tender age, she entered the Soleil d’Afrique ballet and became after a few years, solo singer and dancer. She then joined the live line up of Fatala, the Guinean band who recorded for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label. Several tours in Europe and North America made Maciré feel that time had come to realize her own dreams and to pursue her own career which she did with a first album called “Mariama” in 1997. The success in Guinea led her to record this new album for TRACE/COD. It enjoyed even greater success thanks to the ballad “L’Amour Est Sorcier” which was a national hit.

In Guinea, most of the singers are of the griots-cast who use the Malenke language. By giving a modern treatment to music and lyrics of Soussou origin, this “non-griots” of Basse-Côte enjoys an astonishing success in her country. Being herself from both side of the social spectrum, the city and the countryside, her aim is to make a fusion of those worlds.

Maya Irafama” contains ten songs of modern Afro-pop music. It’s very dance oriented like most of African music. Voices, flute and drums are the driving forces behind this album. The typical voice of Maciré is a bridge between Soussou tradition and modernity. “Everything on the album has been played live. Mat Callahan, our mixer, just restructured some parts. His main contribution was to clean our takes which sometimes where very live oriented, with many instruments playing at the same time, guitars, keyboards, etc… The songs deserved the treatment I guess. We are very proud of having the chance to work with somebody who honours our compositions by going down to the basic melodies and putting them in front.”

These songs are influenced by the traditional tunes of the villages. Maciré and her musical partner Cédric Asséo, gave her music a modern direction, in order to cope with their desires not to be locked into tradition only. “I like Mandingo guitars very much, but for Darirono, we wanted the contrast of a rock solo. You always have to put things in perspective in order to see them more clearly.”

" Frais et pétillant " Afrobiz/F

" Sylla is a potent, emotional frontwoman in the belting of Aretha Franklin " Newark Star-Ledger/USA

" Maya Irafama uses both African and European musicians in the band, and at a guess that’s one of the reasons everything fires on all cylinders – Everybody’s is doing what they’re good at and comes naturally " fRoots/GB


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The singer Maciré Sylla has the hot sunny voice of low Guinea, and her Soussou language is soft on the ear.

Through her grace, liveliness and charisma, Maciré Sylla cannot fail to bring out strong emotions in her public, who she charms through a mixture of power and gentleness.

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Contacts:

Djembé-Faré
47 rte de Mon-Idée
1226 Thônex
Genève - Suisse
+ 41(0)22 / 348.28.87
+ 41(0)79 / 323.58.75

macire@djembe-fare.com

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