The musicians of Bará, nomads on the planet, touring since decades with varios international projects. They have all met and played together in other formations for many years, but co- create now for the first time in Bará.
At first, the Bara’s West-African influences are most striking. Baba’s distinctive voice, the repetitive and hypnotic musical structure so typical for the music from Mali, the often used call & response (in concerts, they are supported by 2 background vocalists), the pace- making Ngoni patterns. But as one submerges more in their musical realm, new doors keep opening and unexpected elements are woven into the tapestry.
This music clearly reflects their daily realities of life in modern cities – allowing sidesteps into Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-rock, Ambient and other styles. Yet all influences are melted effortlessly with their cultural backgrounds into one sound, without ever loosing the state of hypnotic trance.
This trio is not playing traditional music, although it shows a deep love for it. As Jozef puts it: “I have so much love and respect for traditional music in general, and Malian music in particular, that I would never want to just copy it.”
There is a basic trust, which is also the core message of their playing. If they have experienced any cultural clashes or adversities in their lives, their music gives no sign of that – it rises far above that. And isn’t that the power, beauty and magic of music? that it’s a global, non-verbal form of communication and sharing. In the Malian tradition, griots are deputed to calm down hearts and souls, by means of music. For Baba, Trio Bara is “an example for showing the world, that life is simple and beautiful when we live together in peace and respect.”
Baba Sissoko (Mali)
Vocals, Ngoni,Tama?A modern-day griot descending from a celebrated dynasty, who sings and plays the West-African string instrument Ngoni, known for its haunting desert blues-like sound. Born and raised in Mali, he now lives in Italy and performs world-wide. Baba’s lyrics tell stories of peace, friendship, community, tradition and gratitude. His melodies are like never-ending rivers, full of longing and passion.
Afra Mussawisade (Iran)
Percussion, Electronics?Versatile percussionist Afra Mussawisade, whose driving afro, oriental, indian rhythms form the unshakable fundament for the trio’s high- energy-flights. Life had taken him to Europe during childhood, where he was exposed to the vast riches of rhythmic styles from all corners of the world.Through incorporating influences of various cultures he has developed a very unique style and technique, played on an equally original setup. And as he keeps exploring and evolving his music…
Jozef Dumoulin (Belgium)
Fender Rhodes, Synths, Piano?Pianist Jozef Dumoulin (Belgium) redefined the Fender Rhodes keyboard through a scope that is at the same time fully contemporary, eclectic and highly personal. He is the first to present a full solo program featuring the instrument. Furthermore he is known for his open and luminous approach to the piano and to music in general, always anchored in tradition without being burdened by it.