Saturday, March 5, 2016

Jimi Would Totally Jam With Him: Oumar Konaté and "Laissez Nous Tranquille"

The random tune for today will wake you up. It is a hard driving guitar tune by Malian musician Oumar Konaté called Laissez Nous Tranquille (Leave Us Alone). Konaté started music at an early age, astounding his hometown of Gao with nightly performances on an old bucket, helmet and drum outside his family's home. He joined the Orchestra of Gao while in high school and accompanied them on their national tour. While in the orchestra, he was introduced to guitar. He went on to enroll in the National Institute of Arts in Bamako and recorded his first album there which brought him to the attention of many artists such as Vieux Farka Touré, Sidi Touré and Khaira Arby. He has performed in numerous festivals all over the globe, and has received accolades worldwide for his music. The recorded version of Laissez Nous Tranquille can be found on his 2014 CD Addoh.