Julaba Kunda - Traders (4 stars)

Julaba Kunda - Traders

Scotland’s Griselda Sanderson and Gambia’s Juldeh Camara conjure magical range of timbres and tones

(Waulk Music)

‘Traders’ aptly describes the exchange of tunes and oral tradition between Scotland’s Griselda Sanderson and Gambia’s Juldeh Camara (often seen touring as a duo with Justin Adams and supporting Robert Plant). 2010’s snowy winter saw a day encounter between the pair stretch to three, with later sessions in various locations including a village church.

It’s a subtle yet lively coming together of Sanderson’s Scottish fiddle sensibility expressed on violin and Swedish nyckelharpa, with Camara’s versatile one-string riti fiddle and percussion. Together they conjure up a magical range of timbres and tones. Juldeh’s pleading vocals answered by sensual choruses make this one of the most original albums of the year.

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