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''Afropentatonism'' - New Release Coming Soon

We are thrilled to announce a unique collaboration from two distinct regions of Africa, to be released on Piranha Records this summer. ''Afropentatonism'' is an artistic musical challenge based around two world-famous musicians: desert blues man Alhousseini Anivolla from Niger and Girum Mezmur, jazz guitarist from Addis Ababa.

After years of international touring they have come together is this project to show the potential of music in a changing world. A musical journey following the pentatonic scale guided by Anivolla´s desert blues, blending the musical elements of the musicians' traditions in a way that they retain their own respective characteristics, yet they remain open to a number of international styles such as blues and jazz. It is an experimental project at its very essence which keeps on evolving wherever it goes.

Alhousseini Anivolla represents the rich cultural heritage of the nomadic tribes of Niger around the world. As a bandleader of the world-famous nomad blues band Etran Finatawa, he became a cultural ambassador of his country performing on all major world music stages around the globe. Girum Mezmur is a guitarist who has grown to become one of the leading musicians in the current Ethiopian music scene. He has also contributed significantly to the development of young African talents by conducting educational workshops in Ethiopia, Burundi, Djibouti, and Ghana. As a guitarist, Girum has performed with the Who’s Who of the Ethiopian music including Aster Awoke, Tewodros Tadesse, Ali Birra, Teddy Afro, and Mahmoud Ahmed.

They first met at the Afrika Festival in Hertme, Holland, in 2005 and stayed in touch. After meeting each other again in 2017, they started developing their common venture which they kicked off during a first showcase concert in Addis Ababa in March 2018. Now the time has come for their first release. Stay tuned - more information is coming soon.


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