As Londoners shuffle to and from work, buffeted by the chills of a 4°C spring, Mali basks in 38°C heat. Thankfully you can bring a little West African heat to your life, by turning the dial on your speaker system and blasting out the Sol Power remix of Malian superstar Cheick Hamala Diabate.
Cheik is a master Griot who first picked up the Ngoni (a traditional West African stringed instrument related to the Banjo) as a young boy but is now recognised as something of a master.
Here his Grammy nominated playing skills and imitable vocals meet the production nous of Washington DC-based DJs and Afro enthusiasts The Sol Power Allstars. In January they performed the mix live on stage with Cheik creating – in their words – “a piece of trans-traditionalism, a funked up, slicked down, sky-rooted, digitized, dusted, and overwhelmingly DANCEWORTHY track that mixes the freshest of freshest with the deepest of deep“.
A trip to their Soundcloud page reveals the Sol Power crews love of the many sounds of the African diaspora, from Samba & Salsa to Afrobeat & Cumbia.