Back in the summer of 2013 Francois & The Atlas Mountains took a 10 day trip to Africa to tour and meet up with local musicians, with the intention of collaborating. Francois’ existing obsession with African music led to this excursion and what emerged became L’homme Tranquille, a four-track EP recorded across Ethopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Benin.
In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Francois jammed with Papa Djiga Boubacar (on ngoni), Luc Kyenbreogo (bass ngoni) and Sanou Darra (balaphon) at the French Cultural Center, building on some simple compositions Francois had already prepared. ). Born from a jam built on some simple compositions Francois had already prepared, the track is about a European traveller dreaming about an African journey. This quickly developed into ‘Ayan Filé’, watch the official video below:
“Ayan Filé came from a spontaneous jam. I started singing words about feeling spaced out as a European traveller landing in Africa. To which Sanou joined in by singing a line from a traditional Burkinabé tune that said ‘Look at us, we’re arriving, pay attention to us’.
“We had a soundcard and a few microphones with us. We plugged them in to the computer and recorded all the instruments live. Because these musicians are so skilled and inventive we only did 2 or 3 takes for each songs.”
– Francois Marry
The EP will be launched via Le Monde on Tuesday January 20th, combined with the launch on January 19th of its new African channel. L’homme Tranquille will be available to download on January 20th and on 12” vinyl on February 2nd.
Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be performing alongside Djiga Boubacar and Sanou Darra, who collaborated with them on the EP on the following dates:
29th: LEEDS, Howard Assembly Room (w/ Songhoy Blues support)
30th: GLASGOW, The Arches (Celtic Connection)