Event Preview: ALL EARS – Muntu Valdo & Modou Touré @ Greenwich Park (London; Saturday 23rd July 2022)
On Saturday the 23rd of July, West African notes, musical scents and rhythmic aromas will permeate Greenwich Park. On the park’s bandstand stage Muntu Valdo and Modou Touré will be showcasing their jazzy songwriting for an afternoon of African blues and heartwarming sounds.
Progenitor of the amazing Sawablues, Muntu Valdo’s music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. First discovered alongside some of the great names of world music including Ali Farka Touré, Manu Dibango, Lokua Kanza, Eko Roosevelt. Muntu’s debut album Gods & Devils was met with rave reviews in France, as well as in Cameroon and throughout Africa. It was described by NME as “a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion”.
Modou Touré is the son of Ousmane Touré, who was the lead vocalist with Touré Kunda from 1983 until 1992. Although his famous father Ousmane Touré had a clear influence on his early works, their voices bearing striking resemblances, Modou has created a strong personal style, based on a refreshing and original take on traditional West African folk music.
A songwriter at heart, Modou (short for Mamadou) also composes and arranges his music, and plays guitar and percussion. His songs in Wolof, Soninke, French and English, reflect his experiences and talk about love, destiny, origins, identity. They draw from his experience, from a hectic childhood to football championships, and his observations are drawn from family life, relationships, and the streets of Dakar.
Since Rhythm Passport’s early days, Manu Dibango has constantly represented a music polestar to us. Back in 2014, we had the honour to interview him at Womad UK for what was one of our first features. Since then, he and his music have often enriched the pages of our website….