Kane Mathis

About me

New York, United States

Performing on the 21-string Mandinka Harp and the Turkish Oud, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics. Kane began taking trips to The Gambia, West Africa in 1997 and has continued rigorous study of the Mandinka Kora. Over the past twenty years his performances have earned him recognition by the Gambian president, The Gambian minister of culture, and both national television and radio of The Gambia. Kane’s primary kora teacher was the late Malamini Jobarteh of Brikama, The Gambia. Kane’s Oud study began with Mutlu Torun of the I.T.U. conservatory in Istanbul and continued with 5 and a half years of courses with Oud virtuoso Münir Nurttin Beken. Kane is generating new works for both instruments as well as experimental work for electronic fixed media for film and modern dance. Kane is the recipient of many grants including a Chamber Music America award as well as an Earshot Jazz "Album of The Year Award"

Cultural background

  • United States of America

Values

  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Inner harmony
  • Recognition
  • Teamwork
  • Wisdom
  • Activism
  • Bibliophilia
  • Fitness-focused
  • Musical subculture
  • Traditional

Project Music

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El Sol (The Sun)

"The Sun" is a dream of change; it is a request of brotherhood to the people. The Universe and humanity need the best of each other so we can improve our quality of life in harmony. Being the mirror of the other, we can achieve it.

  • African
  • Fusion
  • Latino
  • Minimal
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Vocal percussion
  • Electric piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Cuatro
  • Double bass
  • Kora
  • Caxixi
  • Drum set
  • Percussion
  • Snare drum
  • Triangle
  • Argentina
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Mali
  • Senegal
  • United States of America
Hopes

This composition is titillated "Hopes". When I composed it on the piano I had an imagine of a better world and hopes that somethings will change in this world, in all aspects, environment, pollution, respect between people and conflicts between countries.

  • Instrumental
  • World
  • Bass
  • Grand piano
  • Ud / Oud
  • Drum set
  • Percussion
  • Israel
  • Japan
Mbula (Rain)[percussion version]

This piece talks about the importance of rain and the effects of human-induced climate change in the world.

  • African
  • Traditional / Folk
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Singer
  • Bell
  • Cajon
  • Caxixi
  • Djembe
  • Dun Dun / Dundun
  • Udu
  • Congo
  • Gambia
  • United States of America
Mbula (Rain)

This piece talks about the importance of rain and the effects of human-induced climate change in the world.

  • African
  • Dance / EDM
  • Electronic
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Background vocals
  • Singer
  • Kora
  • Drum machine
  • Congo
  • Gambia
  • United States of America
Sorogno Rano

This piece began with a song by Mina. Kane arranged the song, produced the ensemble, and added his Kora sound. Mina about the lyrics: "Climate change brought up new realities that represents water as bringing destruction and suffering while its presence used to mean joy and benedictions. Today, water could either be a curse or a blessing, and in either case, it cannot be stopped. So, I believe that when something is meant to happen in your life (good or bad), as the overflowing water, nothing can prevent it."

  • African
  • Dance / EDM
  • Electronic
  • Soundtrack
  • Vocal
  • World
  • Singer
  • Electric piano
  • Organ electric
  • Kora
  • Drum machine
  • Sampler
  • Gambia
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • United States of America
Evolve!

“Evolve!" is a music adventure inspired by the recent world wide movement of “awakening”. Last 20 years where intensely full of events and inventions that let the world communicate faster and in a completely new manner. That result in our daily involvement in life of the whole planet .We are all more informed and more educated in terms of our nature and our real relationship with the place we are living in. it’s about transformation and growth, the way of each one of us on our own way.

  • Electronic
  • Fusion
  • World
  • Singer
  • Organ electric
  • Synthesizer
  • Ud / Oud
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Russian Federation
  • United States of America
Ne Rentre Pas
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Nothing hurts more than being betrayed by the one you love. Going through the pain of a heartbreak, a woman wonders whether she can forgive. In West Africa, griots use Kora to tell stories of wisdom, at night. The beautiful kora translates the emotions of love, sadness, and doubts of our heroin, kept awake at night by the reminiscence of her lover's betrayal. The magical violins elevate the intensity of the song by carrying her dilemma. The tale is told in French and in Lingala (Congo) and was recorded in West Africa at night.

  • African
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Kora
  • Violin
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Denmark
  • Mali
  • United States of America