I am representing since 2004 the rich cultural heritage of the nomadic tribes from Niger around the world. As a bandleader of the world-famous nomad blues band Etran Finatawa, I became a cultural ambassador of my country performing on all major world music stages of the world. Since 2012 I started my solo career with my first solo album ANEWAL. In 2017 I released a second solo album "OSAS-It´s time!" I like to exchange with fellow musicians, learning about their background, culture and music. That is why collaboration projects are part of my career: I worked among others with Huun Huur Tu, Maarja Nuut, Andrew Bird, Bill Cobham, Steve Newman and Guy Buttery.
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Falling in love is an amazing emotion. Finding your soulmate gives you strength, drive and audacity. Suddenly it's like everything is possible, like you can do anything. You're as light as a feather, you're flying high and the sky is the limit. The song is delivered in Lingala (Congo), IsiNdebele (Zimbabwe) and English. It s a panafrican collaboration uniting Syssi Mananga (Congo), Othnell (Zimbabwe) and Anewal (Niger).MORE LESS
We, Girum an d Alhousseini, have met first time in 2005 during a festival. We never lost contact. In 2017 I went to Addis Ababa to give a concert. Girum jammed during the concert with us. After the concert the idea to work more closely together started. I went back to Ethiopia in 2018. We rehearsed together and organised a very sucessful concert. The collaboration is based on my composition arranged in a new creative way. Our common ground is the pentatonic scale and our compassion for our traditions and cultural heritage. We call this collaboration the pan african pentatonic project. Asmoussoudou is a first track recorded. It is a creative fusion of desert blues and ethiojazz involving guitars and traditional instruments like the masinko and krar from Ethiopia, calebash and music bow from Niger. We continue this collaboration in 2019 with more concerts in March in 3 different african countries and more recording.MORE LESS