Julaba Kunda - Traders (4 stars)

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

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Julaba Kunda - Traders

(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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