Our award-winning debut album Clychau Dibon was released in October 2013 on the Mwldan / Astar label.
What does ‘Clychau Dibon’ mean?
‘Clychau’ is the Welsh word for ‘Bells’. The Dibon is a large bird (Abyssinian Hornbill – Bucorvus abyssinicus) which lives in the Northern tributaries of the River Niger in Guinea and the Sahel of Sub-Saharan Africa. A romantic bird, the Dibon pairs for life, and the pairs of birds spend the night sleeping in separate trees and early in the morning call to each other; the male using the lower notes and the female a higher one. So compelling and distinctive are the calls of the Dibon, that they have worked their ways into the rhythms of many of the local traditional hunting and farming songs, giving rise to the Mandinka rhythm ‘Dibon’, and the name for the second string on the left-hand side of the Kora.
The album is available to purchase directly from Theatr Mwldan’s website www.mwldan.co.uk, or via Astar Artes’s website www.astarmusic.co.uk
The album is also available from:
iTunes | Amazon | Qobuz | Deezer | eMusic | Starzik
A bilingual English / Welsh book written by Andy Morgan ‘Finding the One – The Strange and Parallel Lives of the West African Kora and the Welsh Harp’ accompanies the project.
The book is available to purchase directly from Theatr Mwldan’s website www.mwldan.co.uk. A discount is available when buying the book and CD together.
About the author:
Andy Morgan ended a seven-year stint as manager of the Touareg rockers Tinariwen and a 29 year stretch in the music industry in 2010 to concentrate on journalism and writing. During his career in the music business, Andy Morgan worked for a wide range of music companies including Cooking Vinyl, WOMAD, World Circuit, FNAC Musique, Piranaha and ran his own global electronica label, Apartment 22.
For the past two and a half decades, Andy has been contributing music features and reviews to The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, fRoots, Songlines, NME, and Rolling Stone, amongst others. Since 2010 Andy has focused his journalism and writing on the politics and society of West Africa and the Sahara. He has contributed reports about the Touareg and the crisis in northern Mali to The Guardian, The Independent, AL Jazeera, CNN, BBC Focus On Africa and many other publications. He has also given interviews to a large range of TV and radio broadcasters all over the world.
Visit Andy’s website: www.andymorganwrites.com