It’s been a long time since we put some new studio recordings out there and these ones have been ‘in the can’ for quite some time, but finally we are pleased to release three brand new Tanante demo tracks for 2014. The three tracks; Mendiani, Djaa and Dununba, were first recorded over two years ago with our techno man and studio wizard Andy Garvey. In the first session, Tananate along with special guest artists Iya Sako, Sidiki Dembele and Baba Galle laid down live tracks, which we then more recently added the vocals to and finally mixed them down, all at Studio Z (Z Arts Centre).
These demo tracks are available to all to listen and enjoy for free on the usual online music sites (Youtube, SoundCloud, Bandcamp and Myspace). The one thing we would ask of you all is that you please leave comments below, send links of our music to friends, share our tracks on social media for others to enjoy and generally help spread the word. The Tanante performance group has been going strong for well over ten years now, and has involved a great many personalities, characters, artists and friends, all of whom have contributed a huge amount of effort, skill and dedication to produce some amazing music, performances and great times, and have had all had a hand in putting Tanante where they are today. We are currently looking forward to some special new projects, as well as some exciting gigs over the upcoming summer and beyond.
Watch this space and hope to see you at a gig very soon.In the meantime we hope you enjoy the music, plus here a few images from our recent studio sessions! Also see the end of this page for artist list and track info.
TANANTE DEMO 2014
JAMIE RILEY- DJEMBE SOLO, SANGBANG, VOCALS
JOHN TULLO (BEEJ) – DUNUNBA, KENKENI, SHAKER, VOCALS
TESS CLARKE – DJEMBE, SANBANG, VOCALS
SEBASTIEN LABAYS – DJEMBE, KENKENI, VOCALS
DAVE BELL – KENKENI
ANNA PRINCE – VOCALS
ANDREW GARVEY – BALAFON, VOCALS
JULIA BRADY – VOCALS
HELEN RILEY – VOCALS
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS
IYA SAKO – DJEMBE SOLO
SIDIKI DEMBELE – DJEMBE SOLO, BALAFON, VOCALS
BABA GALLE – FLUTE
RECORDING BY ANDY GARVEY @ STUDIO Z (Z ARTS CENTRE) 2011-2013
Tanante means “Peace only!” in the Mandinka language and is the response to the greeting: “Cor tanante?” to which the reply is “Tanante!”
Since 2003, the Drumroots performance group, Tanante, has performed to diverse audiences throughout the UK and beyond. Trained by master drummers in West Africa and the UK, Tanante regularly perform with Djembe folas (drumming masters) Iya Sako (Guinea) and Sidiki Dembele (Ivory coast), high-energy Senegalese dancers, Sens Sagna and Diene Sagna and appear with other guest African musicians playing flutes, koras (harps) and balalfons (xylophones).
Performing Djembe and Dundun drums, melodious instrument and dance; Tanante’s high energy performances are incredibly exciting and invite dance and audience participation. Through their energy, abilities and spectacular showmanship Tanante have proved to be incredibly popular with delighted audiences at concerts, weddings, festivals, workshops and courses.