New EP: At Home
It all began with a shared impression. After their first musical partnership, in 2011 in a Paris studio, they knew that 4 minutes and 32 seconds were not enough. They had to pursue the perfect harmony discovered in the space of a single number. That same year, Roberto Fonseca recorded his new album Yo, due to appear on the Jazz Village label of harmonia mundi. Another highlight for this major jazz piano player, who came to the attention of audiences worldwide when he accompanied Ibrahim Ferrer in 2001.
« We just played together on one track, Bibisa (meaning let’s have a ball, let’s have fun, in Bambara). From then on there seemed to be a fusion of energy between us. We became brother and sister ». In Fatou’s own words ! Roberto Fonseca was just as enthusiastic. It was self-evident for them both : 4 minutes 32 seconds – the length of Bibisa – was far too short a time. Fired by this revelation, they made up a repertoire based on their respective compositions. Roberto Fonseca rearranged it all, giving a carefully honed coherence to the collection. He was in Heaven. Having never set foot in Africa, he had always dreamed of composing for an African artist. With a group mixing the music of Cuba – where Fatoumata dreamed of singing – and Africa, they set off on the road. Their transatlantic dialogue was first aired at festivals in 2014. Jazz in Marciac was on the itinerary. Their musical harmony and unity on stage were remarkable on that occasion. As the irresistible groovy swing of At Home, recorded that night, demonstrates. With panache.