"Troubles", the title of the new Dirtmusic album, sums up the current situation in Mali discreetly. Here Walkabout Chris Eckman and True Spirit Hugo Race recorded their third album as Dirtmusic again. Having shrunk to a duo (codeine member Chris Brokaw has meanwhile left the project), numerous local musicians were invited to the recording sessions this time as well. The concept of musical cultures interlacing on an equal footing once again works for "Troubles". The Moffou Club of Salif Keita in Mali's capital Bamako was chosen as the base for sessions with musicians such as Virginie Dembele, Aminata Wassidje Traore, Zoumana Tereta, Samba Touré and Ben Zabo. Thus "Troubles" became an album full of stories told by the African musicians in the languages Songhai, Bambara and Tamasheq and translated into English by Eckman and Race. With the title song there is also a classic by the 'Dark Prince Of Reggae' Keith Hudson. "Troubles is the blues of the wide world!
Top Track: Chicken Scratch