Tamala

senegal / belgium

Absorbing hybridity from Senegal via Brussels

Genre can be a narrow thing. For Tamala, the solution was to ignore it entirely. The part-Senegalese, part-Belgian three-piece, have developed a sound that borrows from West African traditional, European folk, and much more besides. It’s fitting that Tamala roughly translates as “travellers.”

On stage, Tamala’s basic combination is kora (Senegalese harp), violin and vocals, although the band regularly dabble with percussion, xalam (lute) and West African thumb pianos also. The result is an emotive, expansive and cosmopolitan sound, that is both tremendously accessible but utterly different.

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