|Oran Etkin & Kelenia|
|Khaira Arby (lft), Jeremiah Lockwood (rt)|
Lassine Kouyate, is Klein's Bambara name, and he's earned it, spending enough time in Mali to learn the language and a great deal about the music, and also to make deep friendships there. The album features a range of traditional Malian instruments, but the songs are mostly Klein's, and so filtered through his own folky, southern American musical background. Filmmaker Jason MIller of Eikon Productions filmed a "making of the record" documentary film, which Klein says, "shows Mali through the lens of some of my close friends there and deals with my struggle to remain connected with and supporting my friends and home community form a distance as I work to gain footing and establish my own career in the states." This is a case study in the fast growing field of American-West African musical collaboration. Here's the trailer, and incidentally, the film is still being completed, and looking for support if you have ideas!
You can find out more about Adam Klein and his work at his website (www.adam-klein.comhttp://www.adam-klein.com/) and his Tumblr site. Watch this space for more on all these collaborations.