Since 1973, Kronos Quartet has been hiding in plain sight, disguised as a mild-mannered string quartet, but secretly operating as the world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band, constantly seeking out the most adventurous projects they can find. They’ve explored the music of Africa, Mexico and Central Asia; collaborated with some of Bollywood’s biggest stars; interpreted works by Terry Riley, John Zorn and Sigur Ros, and boldly set off in countless other directions over the course of the 60+ releases in their discography,
They return to Africa — Mali, specifically — on, Ladilikan (out in September from World Circuit), a new collaboration with Malian “griot super group” Trio Da Kali. The first single, “Eh Ya Ye,” reveals a brilliantly complete integration between the two groups. There’s no “Mali over here, strings over there” to it: it’s all one borderless group of master musicians, plying their art to a gorgeous arrangement.
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Genre is so 20th century.
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“Da Kali” means “to give a pledge,” and reflects a reverence for the musical pedigree of the Trio’s members, which dates back to the 13th century. Teamed with one of the most groundbreaking ensembles of our time, history and future meet in the now.