From West Africa to Australia to Scotland, Walter Strauss weaves seemingly disparate musical strands and disciplines into a seamless whole. 2012 promises to be replete with new and innovative musical adventures. Check in to the Blog page to stay up to date on Walter’s travels, projects, and collaborations with a stellar cast of musicians from around the world.
In February and March, I traveled to Mali to delve deeper into West African music, right in the heart of it. Grammy-winning kora player Toumani Diabate (famous in the west for his collaborations with Ali Farke Toure, Taj Mahal, Bjork) invited me to study with him in Bamako, the capital, and to connect with Malian musicians there.
Videos of Walter performing solo and in collaboration with others. Selections currently include Soutoukou (a song for the W. African kora) – 2 videos of the trio Mamajowali featuring Walter, Joe Craven and Mamadou Sidibe – The Buffalo Song – Dokea (with Malian kamal’ngoni player Mamadou Sidibe) – The Beast (with bassist Sam Bevan) – Spring Song – Ishi - Bruno’s Revenge (with Stevie Coyle).