Opening this year’s Songlines Encounters Festival is 3MA, an extraordinary trio that combines three sublime instruments and interweaves three musical traditions from Mali, Morocco and Madagascar.
Ballaké Sissoko plays kora and comes from one of the great musical families of West Africa. Driss El Maloumi is an oud (lute) player from Morocco, one of the best from anywhere in the Arab world. Rajery plays the extraordinary Malagasy valiha, a plucked bamboo tube.
Since their debut in 2008, which was a Top of the World disc in Songlines, they have melded their music into one of the most convincing musical tapestries on the planet. Their new album Anarouz has just been released.