Orchestra Gold - I

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Mariam, (lead singer), and I (Erich, guitar player) came together in 2015 to record this first slew of songs as demo versions in Segou, Mali. Mariam and I knew each other, but had never really worked together on any music. However, I remember at one point while working on these demos, we looked at each other and thought, “this could be something really amazing!” Visas, logistics and other hurdles took about 4 years to turn that seed into a reality. After a long drawn out visa excursion, Mariam landed in Oakland, CA in March of 2018. We began assembling a crew of amazing Bay Area musicians to flesh out that music. Although the music is challenging, things came together very quickly. Five months later, we entered Coyote Hearing Studios in West Oakland to record the first batch of songs. Luke Bace, bass player, engineered the session. He would click record, then run back to his position so he could play. What took a while was mixing. We really wanted it to sound gritty analog, far dirtier than most others would be willing to go. We wanted you to feel like you stepped into a Bamako music club circa 1976. We’d love to hear what you think about this album. Shoot us a note!

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released April 3, 2019

Mariam Diakite: vocals and percussion
Erich Huffaker: guitar and arrangements
Luke Baće: bass
Leila Elizabeth: conga
Aaron Kierbel: drum set
Raffi Garabedian: baritone sax
Ritwik Banerji: tenor sax
David Pedroso Rivero: conga, kerenye, percussion

Recording Engineered by Luke Baće at Coyote Hearing in Oakland, CA
Mixed by Myles Boisen at Guerilla Studios in Oakland, CA
Mastered by Luke Baće at Hilltop Studios in El Sobrante, CA

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Orchestra Gold Oakland, California

Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African – inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali’s musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of psychedelic soul. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam’s vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out. ... more

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Track Name: Djama
My people don’t forget to have a good time while you are here
For those whose presence uplifts all,
For those of character,
For me,
Clap your hands!

We need to give a greeting first,
To the trustworthy, we greet you
To the honest, we greet you
For those of character,
For me,
Clap your hands!

To each, their own
To my mother, her upright speech
To the elders, their wisdom
To the artists, their truthfulness
To the farmer, their crops

My people don’t forget to have a good time while you are here
For those whose presence uplifts all,
For those of character,
For me,
Clap your hands!
Track Name: Mali Senekelaw
We salute our farmers, they are hard at work
We salute our farmers,
they are hard at work
Whether it’s rice
Whether it’s wheat
Whether it’s peanuts
Whether it’s any kind of produce,
they are hard at work
I won’t go with the foolish hunters into the dry woods
That spot is no good!
When the foolish hunter goes into the middle of the dry bush, he just wanders and wanders (finding nothing of value).
He greets evil women and tells them “good evening.”
Don’t let her distract you – she’ll leave you with nothing!
We salute our farmers, they are hard at work
We salute our farmers,
they are hard at work
Whether it’s rice
Whether it’s wheat
Whether it’s peanuts
Whether it’s any kind of produce,
they are hard at work

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