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Tama provide a new and intriguing undertake predominantly Malian music. Making use of their attractive mixture of voices, acoustic devices and softly rhythmic percussion, the collective claim that fusion music could be unassuming and unforced. Acquiring their name from a Bambara term indicating ‘to walk’, Tama created after using Bengali maestro Paban Das Baul. The task includes a quartet of singer-songwriters, the initial primary trio of Tom Diakité (b. Mali; n’goni, percussion, kora, vocals), Sam Mills (b. Britain; acoustic guitar, vocals) and Djanuno Dabo (b. Guinea Bissau; vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion), plus Malian diva Mamani Keita. Diakité offers used Salif Keita, Mory Kanté as well as the Gypsy Kings, while Dabo provides guested with Angélique Kidjo, Cesaria Evora and Toure Kunda. Mills, in the meantime, is a previous person in 23 Skidoo, the post-punk pioneers of the usage of cultural rhythms and noises, and notably created (his partner) Susheela Raman’s debut record Salt Rainfall (which Djanuno Dabo also has). Keita provides simultaneously created a solo profession, documenting Electro Bamako with French digital jazz pioneer Marc Minelli. She frequently made an appearance live with Tama and produced her initial appearance on ‘Sima’, documented for the Helps awareness record Spirit Of Africa. By enough time of 2002’s Espace Keita was a full-time person in Tama. The music group ‘is some sort of space where in fact the four folks can come jointly from different civilizations and customs and express ourselves… It’s a music group of distinctive specific personalities but everybody plays a part in the realisation of every various other’s tracks.’ Mills provides explained of Tama’s existence, alongside its people’ large number of various other projects. Whether performing of the ‘Yalala’ (‘an unsteady personality who is often on trips, is known just about everywhere and reaches see a little bit of everybody else’s business’) or of a female within a war-zone that has dropped her kid, Tama achieve this with sophistication and style. Producing explicit the music group’s original purpose to operate being a collective, Tama’s follow-up, Espace, included visitor shows from Madagascan Regisse Gizao (accordion), Susheela Raman (vocals), ‘Magic’ Malik Mezzadri (flute), Vincent Segal (cello), Herve Bongo (saxophone), Djelimoussa Kouyate (electric guitar), and Manecas Costa (electric guitar). Says Mills: ‘There’s a magic that’s more effective being a collective. We’ve arrived at realise how the more open it really is, then your better it functions. If one individual dominates, it throws everything away from balance.’

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Full Name Tama Drums
Date Of Birth July 3, 1976

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1 An estimated 3000 people attended her funeral on June 28, 2015.
2 On August 11, 2015, a Shinto shrine was dedicated to her. The "Tama Jinja" shrine is located on the platform of the Kishi Station where she served as Station Master.
3 Is the "Super Stationmaster" of Wakayama Electric Railway Co., Ltd..
4 Is a female cat.



Neko Râmen Taishô 2008 Stationmaster Cat Tama



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