Orchestra of Samples
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Orchestra of Samples is our live project and album based on sampling recording sessions we’ve spent many years filming with hundreds of musicians worldwide improvising on all manner of instruments, splicing them together to create a digital supergroup of international artists who never met.
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Recording Massamba Diop & Oumar Kouyaté

Massamba Diop is a master of the tama or 'talking drum' from Senegal in West Africa, and with American percussionist Tony Vacca he's co-founder of The Senegal-America Project, bringing together musical traditions of West Africa and America. Samba, as he likes to be called, has now worked with Afro-pop superstar Baaba Maal for nearly twenty years and during that time he's incorporated the fiery Wolof traditions of his homeland into a very contemporary sound.

In his music, he likes to reflect both the ancient origins of his instrument and the now cosmopolitan environment of Dakar, Senegal's bustling and - as we found it - very happening capital. Samba's also recorded / performed with Peter Gabriel, Ernest Ranglin, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and James Brown. We filmed Massamba and his friends Inssa, Ousmane and Diouke for a big jam session where the local kids couldn’t help but join in!

Oumar Kouyaté plays Ngoni (the small west African guitar) in the Grammy nominated band 'Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba' from Mali. We saw their amazing performance at the French Institute in Dakar and were blown away by their on-stage energy, not to mention the virtuosity of Oumar's brother Bassekou himself!

Bassekou was the first Ngoni player to strap his instrument over his shoulder like an electric guitar and play a solo standing up. He created the first ever Ngoni quartet and with a band's style of playing he quite simply transformed the traditional music of the Ngoni into something for the modern world. The Ngoni guitars they play are still acoustic, as in the old days, but Bassekou Kouyaté invented a bass Ngoni and added extra strings to make their instruments harmonically more flexible. Praised by the likes of Fatboy Slim and Damon Albarn, UK newspaper The Independent described them as "the best rock’n’roll band in the world". We throughly recommend their award-winning albums Segu Blue and I Speak Fula.

Thanks to the French Institute in Dakar :