The serendipitous path that lead Riverboat Records to release Mali Overdrive involved the sheer determination and iron will of a good friend, a vintage hoard of bootlegged rock and roll records (more on that later) and of course, Anansy Cissé’s unfettered talent.
When Cissé’s recording ‘Baala’ landed on our website via World Music Network’s online ‘Battle Of The Bands’ competition, we were immediately taken by his souped-up guitar distortions that sucked up all the brilliant aspects of the well-trodden West African Desert Blues and spat them out with a new, agitated attitude.
Now a resident blues bad-boy in Bamako, when Cissé lived in Diré he ran his own recording studio. Based out of his home, he recorded young musicians from his region often adding auto-tune to the vocals and programming backing tracks to the mixes. Cissé’s own style however embraces a more untreated sound, his thickly....... more