The River Niger Project is based on ‘Fleuve Niger’, a historic concert performed at The Basilique in Paris in 2009, conducted and composed by Tunde Jegede. It's a sublime fusion of classical and African music with an ensemble of musicians including the Malian vocalists Kasse Mady Diabaté and Oumou Sangaré together with premiere kora player, Toumani Diabaté, the Brodsky String Quartet, Juldeh Camara and several other extraordinary musicians from West Africa.
The River Niger Project brings together some of the most celebrated West African artists into an integrated score with a world renowned string quartet, the African Classical Music Ensemble and the seminal sound of West African chorus vocals. It draws from the rich musical traditions and legacy that lie around the region of the River Niger and is centred around the legendary music of Mali, one of the richest musical heritages in the World. It draws from the classical traditions of Africa and the West to tell the story of the peoples around the great River Niger through the journey of the river itself.
Tunde Jegede - composer / musician
Oumou Sangaré - vocals
Toumani Diabaté - kora
Juldeh Camara - riti
Kasse Mady Diabaté - vocals