Influences: African
Genres: african, balafon, guinean tradimoderne. world, percussion, guinea, gongo, world, traditional west african, westafrican, gambia
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November 2022 #2 - Top 40 for African Influence M'barider: Homeland. Instrumental Version (track)
August 2022 #39 - Top 40 for African Influence Rehersing Sorsonet, Gambia 2012. (video)
March 2022 #1 - Top 40 for African Influence M'barider: Homeland (track)
The Toumaranke Recording Project. Gambia Nov 2014. The band I play in and manage,  Toumaranke  (led by my husband Moussa Sylla) have  released our debut album, Takhaudi Dekau – Inside the Chicken’s Mouth, recorded in The Gambia in november 2014. It’s been an incredible experience, the process of conceptualizing, creating, recording and releasing music always is; but in our case doubly so as we did it all ourselves with the help of lots of friends, some crowdfunding money, and a willing sound engineer. The album is a direct result of the power of determination and co-operation – literally a dream come true.  There's a nice article, with some of the photos, on a friend's travel blog - Travel with K at , or a more detailed write up on my wordpress blog - Toumaranke .   more
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Lead Artist and sound engineer.
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Band on the beach.
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Toumaranke Crew
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Sound Engineer & lead artist
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Mbarider: Homeland
Photo by: Toumaranke
About: Madula showcase, Newcastle Under Lyme Feb 23
Toumaranke are a mixture of Guinean & UK musicians with Moussa & Chris Sylla and Okameo Bangoura at its core. Currently a sevenpiece outfit we play traditional West African instruments to create a groovy and very dancable sound. Balafon led, with wonderful polyrhymic melodies our sound is fresh and unique. A comnination of traditional Weat African musical and songwriting forms with a modern take. We use balafon, krin, bolon, traditional drums and smaller hand percussion. We've just released our debut CD - Takhaudi Deqau - Inside The Chicken's Mouth, which was recorded with crowdfunding money in the Gambia in 2014 and released with more crowdfunding in England - co-produced by Chris Sylla and sound engineer Martin Messent.

Menbers: Core members Moussa Sylla - Guinea - band leader, writer, composer. Plays everything (except kora), Particularly superb krin player! Chris Sylla - UK - manager, organiser; main instruments balafon, shakers, drums, vocals. Mohammed (Okameo) Bangoura - Guinea - main encourager - plays most things but main instruments bolon and gongo, superb dancer. Yamoussa (Kossy) Camara - Guinea - bolon, gongo, drums, vocals. Currently working with griot balafon player, Mohammed Camara - Guinea and two of his students - Moise Bangoura - Guinea, and Souleymane Camara - Guinea.