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Momo's TV show outtake - Mama Sissoko

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:56 pm
by Chris Walsh
Hello all,

I've been scarce of late - apologies. I see the forum's still lively as ever.
I've been busy producing a TV show at Momo's bar in London.

I've nearly finished editing the first series (which will air on the Africa Channel in a month or two). It'll be made up of 8x30min programmes focusing in on only one act per episode - rather than several, as is the case with most music shows. They'll perform 3-4 songs and those'll be intercut with candid interviews.

The artists in the can include: Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, Orchestra Baobab, Vieux Farka Toure, Souad Massi, Natacha Atlas, Julia Sarr, Kekele & Daby Toure.

Before airtime - I thought some of you may be interested to see an outtake from the Vieux Farka Toure episode.

We had some time left on the tapes after the show had wrapped, and Vieux's rhythm guitarist decided to take out his ngoni (which he hadn't used in the shoot) and give us a little 5min concert before we all went home. So I thought the crew may as well use the tape up on that...

It won't be included in the show, but it's pretty good stuff. His name is Mama Sissoko, and he just sits on a chair noodling away on the ngoni for a few minutes, before deciding he's had enough. ... ssoko.html

Enjoy. The link won't be up for ever....

- Chris

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:23 pm
by Adam Blake
That is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you. Why can you not use that footage? It's perfect.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:29 pm
by Chris Walsh
Ah - because the rest is more gorgeous ;)

It's been an agonizing process having to chop down 2hrs worth of footage per act to just 26min. But I hope nonetheless that I've picked the best bits.

Glad you liked it anyway... I'm thinking about releasing that onto youtube or something...

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:53 pm
by Rob Hall
Another vote from me. This is a lovely, lovely, little performance, very well captured.

Many thanks.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:05 pm
by Chris P
Looking forward to watching this. Mama Cissoko's playing (mainly acoustic guitar) was the highlight of Vieux's recent tour for me. Some of the wonderful ngoni playing on Ali FT's Savane which Bassekou is always mentioned for, is by Mama.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:25 pm
by Jamie Renton
An intimate gem! It feels like something very special is being shared.

Thanks so much for this Chris. I'll buy you a drink next time I see you (I think I better start saving now, in case the next time we meet is at Momos :-) )


PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:45 pm
by Chris Walsh
Yes - it ain't cheap! Fortunately - all the filming takes place in the small hours of the morning... so it's too early to drink anyway!

Can't wait to show you all the Justin Adams/Juldeh Camara clip - it's something else.

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:09 pm
by Con Murphy
Great stuff, Chris. Am I right in thinking that The Africa Channel is only available to Sky viewers in the UK? Any chance it'll be available on Virgin Media sometime soon?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2008 10:43 pm
by Chris Walsh
I'm afraid you're right - it's only on Sky at the moment... we'll be moving into Virgin Media very soon though. It may even be in time for the first airing.

If anyone else has Virgin, rather than Sky - you'd be surprised how a few emails to your provider can get a channel on the platform. That's how we got onto Sky - people requesting it. Feel free to use my email address for stuff like that..

Elsewise - glad you liked the rough cuts. Can't wait to get some feedback once the whole thing's finished.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:35 am
by John Leeson
Just came across this thread and video clip. Wonderful. 2008 has the makings of the "Year of the ngoni". Sounds trite, but I think the reality behind it (recognition of the contribution of ngoni music) justifies it, at least from a West African perspective.

When I saw Vieux Farka Toure for the first time, in February last year, I spent the entire concert standing by the front of the stage in front of Mama Cissoko. That was almost as enjoyable as watching VFT himself having a great time. (He even put on a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey sweater for the second set... That'' Vieux, not Mama).

Mama was great to watch, whether playing guitar or ngoni, and seemed to be a very warm and outgoing person. He was obviously hurt at the time, as he used crutches the few time that he stood.

A couple of my photos of him that night:
Image, and afterwards on crutches:


Hmm... first time I tried embedding an image link, and the preview didn't look like it worked, so just in case, I added links to the 2 photos:

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:05 pm
by Chris Walsh
Just put this up on youtube - help me clock up some hits!