Ghanaian xylophone master Isaac Birituro and Leeds-based producer and singer-songwriter Sonny Johns aka The Rail Abandon will release their first album Kalba this May.
The 10-track project includes recent singles Yesu Yan Yan and Für Svenja two tracks that showcase their desire to hear the usual done unusually and play with the shared influence of the music from afar.
Speaking about Briituro’s playing Johns explains “it was clear to me that, though he played a traditional instrument in a traditional way, Isaac was influenced by the Western-tinged music that filled the streets of Accra – in fact, his father, Edmund, introduced him with “He plays the modern way!” Partly dismissive, mostly proud,” he continues. “And as this Viking sat before him played the guitar, it sounded too much like the stringed instruments of Mali for it to be just a coincidence.”
Recorded over three days in a church Kalba features a fantastic array of collaborators including Seb Rochford, Leafcutter John, Raph Clarkson, and Elliot Galvin, who all lend their incredible talents to this intriguing collection.
A part of the proceeds from this album will be used to help the Rüt’n’Rock festival build a school in Kalba, and continue to use education as a way to impact on people’s lives in a positive and sustainable way.
Subtle in its delivery Für Svenja is a delicate and warming ode to the beauty of human interaction featuring The Kalba Birifore Choir.
This track is exceptional – the album can’t come soon enough!
1. Yesu Yan Yan
3. Bo Ma
4. I Know (I’m OK)
5. Da Po
6. Für Svenja
7. Nye Fo Chen
8. La Cocina
9. Bo Le De Ma
10. So Ma