Singer and guitarist Romain Malagnoux, born and raised in France, now resides in Quebec. In 2009, his long-standing dream finally came true when he travelled to Mali, Africa, to soak up the musical traditions of the local people. There, he met Bassékou Kouyaté at the Tombouctou Desert Festival. Back in Bamako, over a cup of tea, the man introduced Romain to his son Moustafa. The musical chemistry between the two was instantaneous. During a second stay in Mali in 2011, Romain and Moustafa wrote and recorded the album titled “Les Frontières Imaginaires”, on which one will note the influences of Habib Koité, and of Rodrigo & Gabriela. Some of Mali’s greater musical names also took part, such as djeli n’goni master Bassékou Kouyaté (2011 Grammy Award nominee), singer Amy Sacko, and balafonist Kélétigui Diabaté.
Romain Malagnoux & Moustafa Kouyaté
Québec / Bamako