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The Freetown Tapes 2006​-​2016

by Sorie Kondi

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In 2006, blind Kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi was surviving by busking on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone, abandoned by relatives who had fled the rebel takeover of the city in the late ‘90s. His sound was marked by his electrified Kondi, run through a small distorted amplifier that he carried on his back. Since then, he has recorded and finished five albums, culminating in ‘Without Money No Family’, which caught the ear of US producer / DJ Chief Boima (also of Sierra Leonean descent) after chancing upon a YouTube link.

The two joined forces as Kondi Band, combining Sorie's traditionalist performances with Boima's globally-informed electronic production. The duo released an EP this year on Strut, recently performed acclaimed sets to thousands at Transmusicales and Womex, and have received accolades from tastemakers including Gilles Peterson. With a Kondi Band album coming in 2017, Boima has created a free mix to showcase Kondi's incredible history. As well as collecting songs from across Sorie Kondi’s recorded music career, this mix also includes one original and two remixes of songs from ‘Salone’, the forthcoming debut album. The mix is available for free download here:



Tracklist

OUT-TAKE: ‘WITHOUT MONEY NO FAMILY’ SESSIONS
MENE BAKOR
NGOR MEHINHEH (I’M HUNGRY)
FRED USAY YU NOR SABI (AFRAID OF WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW)
BELLE WAHALLAH (Hagan remix)
KOMOT BIYEN ME (GET OFF MY BACK)
SALONE TIDAY (Fadie Conteh Techno mix)
WE NOR GO DIE
YEANOH (POWE HANDA BINGADBE)
KOMBRA (SUCKLING MOTHER)
SORIE THOGOLOBEA
EVERYTHING DON DER
HEY BABY (SHAKE YOUR TUMBA) (Live at The Forge, London)
CONGOSA
TITI DEM TOO SERVICE (Broso remix)
WITHOUT MONEY NO FAMILY

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released December 13, 2016

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Kondi Band is a collaboration between Sierra Leonean kondi (thumb piano) player Sorie Kondi and US producer / DJ Chief Boima, who himself has Sierra Leonean roots.

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