"African Variations" where acoustic jazz meets African Music.A smooth record with guitar, kora, flute & cello.


The project

200% !! Awesome !! Thanks to all the contributors, keep up with the support !


Here is a video where Cherif presents his instruments, the kora, this 21 string african harp.


  Sébastien Giniaux did a video about his guitar, and some insights on the african way of playing it :  


After a first collaboration on « Mélodie des Choses » (2012), Sébastien Giniaux (acoustic guitar, cello) and Chérif Soumano (kora) gather again as a duet this time on African Variations for an intimate dialogue between jazz and African Music. They're joined by talended French-Syrian flutist Naïssam Jalal on two tracks.




Sébastien Giniaux and Cherif Soumano met 10 years ago in Bamako, Mali. As talented and skilfuls sidemen, open to broad musical encouters, they each found their way alongside top artists for years.


Cherif Soumano played with the likes of Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Roberto Fonseca and Marcus Miller.




Sébastien Giniaux played with Didier Lockwood, Biréli Lagrène or the Taraf de Haidouks, while composing and arranging for Téofilo Chantre ou Norig.




Then, Sebastien Giniaux naturally invited Sharif on his album "Melodie des Choses" released in 2012 (http://www.melodiedeschoses.com) for two tracks, already mixing jazz improvisation and African music : "Bamako's mood" and "Alkoholowa Nuda".


  After this first successful collaboration, the idea came to do a record together. Sébastien on the acoustic guitar and cello and Chérif with the Kora. They also invited a talented flutist, the  French Syrian Naïssam Jalal.   Naissam2-1456321816   "African Variations" has 10 tracks: 6 acoustic guitar / kora duets, 2 cello / kora duets and 2 guitar / kora / flute pieces. There are a few traditional West Africa, original tunes by Cherif Soumano and Sébastien Giniaux, as well as unexpected covers : "A day in Paradise" by Phil Collins and "A thousand years" of Sting.



The recording took place at Midilive Studios (Studio A) with André Baille Barrelle as producer and sound engineer.





Why fund it?

We reached our first goal in 24h!! That's just amazing !! Keep supporting us !

We have a few great things under our belt to go with the album release!


The album is already recorded, mixed, mastered, that's the good news!


Now we need to manufacture it and plan for distribution so it reaches the most people possible!


First goal : 3000 Euro. OK !! Reached on march 1st, thank you!!

- Pay royalties to SACEM (composers' rights) : 700 Euro

- Manufacture the album (1000 digipack) with a quality print: 1500 Euro

- Graphic design & Artwork: 500 Eur

- Pay the shipping fees to all KissKissBankers who have elected to receive the disc in return for their contribution.


Second goal :4500 Euro. OK !! Reached on march 3rd, thank you!!

- plan a concert in Paris for the record release (venue rental, promotion, tickets: 1500 Euro)


Third goal : 200% : OK !! Reached on march 16th thank you!!

- for those unable to attend the show, record the whole concert on high definition sound and video (gear rental, video operators, editor : 1500 Euro)





Sébastien & Chérif

CHÉRIF SOUMANO played with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Roberto Fonseca, co-founded the World Kora Trio and recorded with Marcus Miller. Suffice to say that he is perhaps the most talented kora player of his generation for his ability to get into the improvisation and musical encounters game. SÉBASTIEN GINIAUX is an exceptionnal guitarist... See more

Newest comments

Merciiiiiii, je viens de recevoir votre CD, il est trop beau, et la musique superbe.J'adore.....Yolande(NL)
Faites nous un superbe album, comme d'habitude . Gros bisous. Annie
Tous mes encouragements et continuez à nous faire découvrir d'autres sonorités