CHECK OUT NEW FULA FLUTE VIDEO
Produced by LINK TV
See it at: http://biznasty.com/movies/FulaFlute_1103.mov
"Forget Mozart and Freemasons, Fula Flute is the real magic flute. Absolutely transe-like, hypnotic. Like hearing the rural roots of Roland Kirk - haunting, repeated short melody, then wild, squawking, simultaneous improvisations/ vocalisations where voice and flute act as one, so you're sometimes not sure which is which. This is luminous, natural, exciting, PhD to the Anderson of Tull's GCSE. Many echoes of Baaba Maal to be head here: he is a Peul, who are Fula. The characteristic riffs and figures he and Mansour Seck made famous stand here in a more rustic setting, with acres of koras, balafons and desert. This is the sound of the Sahel, as close to universal music as we're likely to hear, though in this case recorded in New York. Twin players of flute or tambin are Bailo Bah, half Vietnamese, half Guinean and Sylvain leroux, Montrealer, who studied flute in Guinea. They play traditional songs, plus one new composition by Leroux. Is this group a going concern? They should be."
- Rick Sanders, fRoots Magazine, March 2003
"... [the CD] ... is now (August 2002) enjoying play on the Africa station. Many many thanks, the addition of these tracks to the station enhances it. In fact, "N'dianamo" is in the Top 10 Songs being played on the African station ...Take care"
- Catherine M Gollery Sr. World Music Director AOLMusic
"The Fula Flute Ensemble's CD Dedication Concert was an extraordinary event, full of heartfelt and immediate music that demonstrates the special beauty and virtuosity of an all-too-rarely heard West African culture. Sylvain Leroux and Bailo Bah's duo Fula flutes are revelatory and transporting!"
- Howard Mandel, President, Jazz Journalists Association
"... I've received the cd with the fantastic music of that charmed, amazing and magic flute. I showed the CD at my show radio, and my audience went to the delirium. Thank you once again..."
- Gilberto Mineiro, Radio DJ - Maranhão, Brazil
"I think your Fula Flute CD is a delight. It is the first I have heard of this kind of flute, and I think your recording is invaluable. Particularly interesting for flutists interested in ethnic flutes and styles, etc. I look forward to future releases. Blessings and thanks",
- Rhonda Larson
"Thank you so much for thinking to send a copy of your CD to me at the station. I played Teriya tonight on air. What a wonderful recording. Congratulations for keeping this classic style alive with such grace in this hemisphere."
- David Noyes, The Motherland Influence WDCE 90.1 FM Richmond VA
"Thanks so much for sending "Fula Flute". What incredibly beautiful, soul-stirring music !!! I enjoyed reviewing every track !! ... Got more???'
- Jim Byrnes World Director KBGA College Radio
University of Montana
The Fula Flute Ensemble is an African music group, led by Sylvain Leroux featuring the tambin,the traditional flute of the Fulani people of Guinea. This instrument is characterised by a profound sound and powerful vocals effects. Fula Flute's repertoire consists of traditional and modern music and released a self-titled CD on the new Blue Monster Label. The group includes some of the very best African and African-oriented musicians in North America.
The Fula Flute Ensemble had the honor and privilege to participate to the opening concert of Zankel Hall, the new state-of-the-art concert hall in the Carnegie Hall complex in New York City, alongside great American artists such as Renee Fleming, Emanuel Ax, John Adams and Kenny Barron. The Fula Flute Ensemble will perform a full concert at Zankel Hall on Feb. 28, 2004 with special guest, the greatest Manden balafonist: El Hadj Djeli Sory Kouyate.
Fula Flute CD personel:
Bailo Bah: Master tambin (Fulani flute)
Sylvain Leroux: tambin
Keba Cissoko: kora
Yacouba Sissoko: kora
Famoro Dioubate: balafon
Peter Fand: contrabass
Kourou Kouyate: bolon