2021 Melbourne Project
Djoliba Rattler is an experimental collaboration involving Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate, currently residing between Mali, France and Australia, and 3 Melbourne-based ‘master musicians', Mark Ferrie, George Butrumlis and Ray Pereira OAM.
The project seeded in Melbourne's reputation as the live music capital of the world in early 2019 and has since been gently pushing its way through the global and artistic challenges of 2020 and 2021. Central to this initiative is the traditional musical heritage of West African Mandenka culture entrusted to Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate through his family line as a 'djeli' or 'griot' in Malian society. At the heart of the collaboration is the desire of these four musicians to learn from and with each other, to experiment with Kouyate's re-workings of Mandenka musical scales, instrumentation and cultural references that underpin his catalogue of original songs. The band generates a stripped back and re-imagined interpretation of melodic African rhythms, meshing the exuberant vocal flair of this ‘griot moderne’ with Ferrie's foundational bass lines, Butrumlis’ accordion flourishes and Pereira’s hybrid percussive styles to form a unique international and intercultural sound and experience.