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album published by Irma Records / Italian World Music



Officina Zoè is the most know italian musical group of "pizzica tarantata", an exciting rhythm from Salento Area in the deepest south of Italy.
Since 1993 Officina Zoé has one of the groups to propose with most strength the musical traditions of the Salento area, especially the pizzica, that is the ancestral rhythm of Salento soul: exciting and touching, therapeutic and hilarious,
From immemorial time pizzica explodes in its absorbing hypnotic expression. A frenzy that induces dance and obsessive movement, so much so that it was used in the past as a trance vehicle or even as a therapeutical source.
one of the stronger elements in the musical rebirth of the whole of Southern Italy.
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Baba Sissoko (born in Bamako, Mali) is a musician and vocalist. He plays several traditional instruments: ngoni, kamalengoni, bala, calabass, and is a master of the talking drums (the tamani).
He is also a "jeli" by birth. From childhood, he played tamani, often accompanyng the traditional female griot during wedding and other traditional ceremonies.
In 1985, he toured internationally with the prestigious Instrumental Ensemble of Mali Orchestra, playing the Tamani and ngoni.
In 1991, he founded his Trio, Baba Sissoko & Taman Kan, and began extensively collaborating with top Malian artists
and international musicians as Sting, Enzo Avvitabile, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Santana, The Wairlers, Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita and, recently with Roberto Fonseca.

Malian vocalist Mamani Keita has been touching hearts and minds in both Africa and Europe since the release of the universally
applauded 2002 album "Electric Bamako", a collaboration with french musician Marc Minelli. The record saw the singer lend her powerful,
graceful ton to skillfully constructed electronic beats. Since that time Keita, who worked with the Malian Theatre in the early stage of his career, has gone on the
fulfill her enormous artistic potential. The recent album "Yelema", produced with Nicolas Repac, has revealed great versatility on the part of the singer, who clearly has an eye and an ear for
adventurous and unusual projects. Having already shared both the studio and stage with such luminaries as Salif Keita, Manu Dibango, Tama, Jeffrey Smith, Hank Jones, etc..
Keita has made it clear that she is not just 'another' African diva, which is one of the reasons why she is so axciting a prospect.