'A soundscape that was paralysing & moving all at once' Pitchfork on Ariwo
Ko Saba, a six-strong collective, mixes rural west African heritage with the energy of Bamako, one of the region’s most vibrant cities. It combines the sounds of traditional string and percussion instruments from across Mali, among them the balafon, barra, kamélé n’goni and n’goni with western drums and bass guitar.
Ariwo brings together Iranian electronic composer and producer Pouya Ehsaei; Carlos Acosta’s Latin Grammy award-winning percussion virtuoso Hammadi Valdes; Oreste Noda, figurehead of London's Cuban music scene; and Ropeadope’s Canadian jazz trumpeter, Jay Phelps. Plus special guest acclaimed UK saxophonist Camilla George. Working at the intersection of ancestral and electronic music to create a hypnotising mix of Cuban rhythms, club electronics and jazz riffs, Ariwo's live shows are exhilarating events.