Leila Gobi forges the origins of trance, beats and loops with new technology, a fusion of many influences. And across it all, Leila’s unmistakable voice shines through.
Standing beside the Niger River esplanade in downtown Bamako Leila Gobi waves to people in the passing cars. "2017" is Leila Gobi’s second album on the Clermont label. It was recorded in Hampathe Bah Studio, on the second floor of a group of buildings off the main road in a suburb of western Bamako. The sessions were intimate. The tracks were laid without effects, clean. Leila wanted to produce an album that brought new dimension to her music. The problem was how to create this new sound with only the basic tools available in Mali. It is almost impossible for musicians there to find the equipment available to the average westerner. The talent is there, just not the hardware. And electric power failures and poor communications infrastructure interrupt regularly.
We found the final sounds in the studio. We worked internationally mixing and mastering the tracks in Bamako, New York and Los Angeles. The album remains faithful to the underlying roots of the music and forges the origins of trance, beats and loops with new technology, a fusion of many influences. And across it all, Leila Gobi’s iconic voice shines through.
Genre: world, desert blues, trance
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