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Mali Latino

Mali Latino

Reggae / Mandingue music fused with Afro-Cuban sounds Bamako, ML  ML
Mali Latino Project Sampler
Mali Latino Project Sampler


Mali Latino "First Steps" PART 1


  • 2013

    Jun 8

    London, UK | 7:30pm

    British-born Alex Wilson, is behind the Trio Mali Latino. Steeped in the Afro-Cuban/Caribbean tradition, Alex presents a touring band drawn from his superb Mali Latino album ('Definitely on my shortlist for our 2010 World Music Album of the year' Glyn Phillips, Worldmusic.co.uk). Expect jazz and Latin rhythms stripped back to their African roots – yet fresh, vibrant and definitely modern. Wilson is joined by Malian-born Ahmed Fofana (vocals, guitar, balafon, ngoni, djembe) and Venezuelan-born Edwin Sanz (percussion). A fitting finale to Songlines Encounters, these three musicians showcase a multitude of instruments, and welcome a very special guest – virtuoso Cuban violinist, Omar Puente – the man 'with a heart that beats with a Cuban rhythm'. Curated by Songlines and Ikon Arts Management.

  • 2013

    May 4

    Cheltenham, UK | 2:45pm

    The superb Latin jazz pianist and composer Alex Wilson presents a band drawn from his Mali Latino project, awarded a ‘Top of the World’ accolade by Songlines Magazine. He strips back Jazz and Latin rhythms to their African roots – yet in a fresh, vibrant and modern way. With Malian* Ahmed Fofana* (vocals, guitar, balafon, djembe), Venezuelan Edwin Sanz (percussion and drums) and special guests.

  • 2010

    Nov 13

    Bristol, BST, UK | 7:30pm

    Mali Latino Album Launch Tour

  • 2010

    Nov 12

    London, LONDO, UK | 8:00pm

    A thrilling new sound from two musical worlds created in Aldeburgh. Latin-American rhythms meet the distinctive sounds and traditions of West Africa. Latin dance patterns and driving Malian village rhythms combine with instrumental virtuosity and the startling intensity of Mandigue and Afro-Cuban vocals.

  • 2010

    Nov 11

    Bracknell, BERKS, UK | 8:00pm

    Mali Latino Album Launch Tour date


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  • Mali Latino
  • Ahmed Fofana - balafon, guitar, flute
  • Madou Sidiki Diabaté - kora


Manager: Peter Conway Management

Bio: The idea for Mali Latino was born on tour and is the brainchild of master kora player Madou Sidiki Diabate (brother of Toumani Diabate) and pianist Alex Wilson.

In 2004, while on the road with Malian singer and griot Kandia Kouyate, Madou and Alex struck up an instant connection and at the end o...See Full Bio

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preparing for an Autumn album release and a tour in November ...

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