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67 Commons Rd
Germantown, NY, 12526
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Clermont Music is an effort to support musicians from the Sahara Desert in Northern Mali by touring, recording and presenting their music to the World.


Clermont Music brings you the exceptional Mamadou Kelly with his band Ban Kai Na 2013 hit album “Adibar” straight from the Niger delta blues hearland.



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Mamadou Kelly transforms desert blues with modern sophistication. Kelly’s third album, “Politiki” brings Kelly and his group BanKaiNa together with grammy-winning steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar, drummer Susie Ibarra, bassist Jake Silver and guitarist Dan Littleton into a dynamic fusion. Backing musicians for such Malian greats as Ali Farka Toure and Afel Bocoum, Kelly and BanKaiNa push tradition into new waves of sound from the Sahara.

Genre: blues, desert blues, World

Tags: #Mamadou Kelly #Kelly Mamadou #Cindy Cashdollar #Susie Ibarra #Alpha Ousmane Sankare #Hama Sankare #Goundam #Niafunke #Timbuktu #Tombouctou #Mali #NorthernMali #Africa #Sahara Desert #Songhoy #Peuhl #Tamashek #trance #desert blues #world music #mande pop #Clermont Music #CLE016 #Djamila #Adibar


“At one level this is simple, quite lovely, rural-sounding music, but it is also layered and its complexity is only thinly disguised.” fROOTS #407 p. 60

"A more than successful intercontinental cross pollination!" Tim in, May 29th, 2017

 “classy, at times gently hypnotic set.” Robin Denselow  - Songlines #127 p.49

“For 51 minutes, you’re released, flying without wings, infused with a sense of having momentarily left the planet— the hallmark of efficacious desert blues.” DENNIS ROZANSKI BluesRag / Summer 2017 / p. 30

"Tribute to Mamadou Kelly and his producer Chris Nolan who make this hypnotic desert blues accessible to non-connoisseurs of African music." Bastiaan Springer in the Dutch music magazine Lust For Life #71, 2017 (5 stars review)

"a magnificent album… Malians and Americans join hands to put together a piece of gigantic steel- desert blues." Pieter Franssen
"a fascinating fusion of American roots rock and the famous West African desert blues, " Jos Schuring in the Dutch magazine Heaven #5, 2017 (8 stars)

“More than successful intercontinental cross pollination!” Jah Rule, Rebel Base June 2017