After the festive and stunning anniversary edition of 2013, with many big names and familiar faces, the Afrikafestival Hertme goes on upon his adventurous way of surprises, new talent but also big names.
After more than 15 years Habib Koité comes back to Hertme. He has a new band and recently released a beautiful new album Soô.
Aziz Sahmaoui with his 'University of Gnawa ', a mixed Moroccan / Senegalese band, is experimenting as a professor with the music of the Gnawa culture.
Teta, the tsapiky-style guitar-wizard from Madagascar comes for an intimate concert.
The famous group Mamar Kassey from Niger.
Among the other seven groups are known names and a number of debuts in the Netherlands including a group playing for the first time outside of Africa, so an European debut.
When there is more certainty about them, w'll publish the names.
Intimate concert of a guitar virtuoso, “The King of Tsapiky”
Teta hails from Ampanihi, a village located in the great south region of Madagascar. Born in 1967, he grew up immersed in the fast 6/8 rhythms of the traditional music style called tsapiky. Starting to learn guitar at the age of eight, he soon acquired his nick-name ‘nimble fingers’ and began travelling with his accordion-playing father and guitarist brother who performed at celebrations, ceremonies and ‘bals poussière’ (dances in the dust) throughout the region. He first gained international attention in 2003 when two of his tracks were included in the ‘Tulear Never Sleeps’ compilation album and in the following years he played often with guitar virtuoso D’Gary and jazz pianist Silo before recording two solo albums. His last album ‘Fototse’ (Roots) is halfway between tradition and modern influences. Recorded in Madagscar, partly in studio and partly in the bush, it conveys both the rocking of waves and the imprint of the red Madagascan earth.
Teta, lead vocals, guitar
Kira, second vocals, percussion
After more than 15 years for the 3rd time in Hertme due to the release of his cd Soô
Habib Koite hardly needs introduction. In the mid 90s he broke through internationally with his first album " Muso Ko " which rose to number three on the European World Music Charts. It was reason to invite him to Hertme in 1996. In 1998 he performed here again after the release of his 2nd album "Ma Ya". In total, he and his band Bamada released five CDs and he is now touring the whole world. The reason to invite him for a third time to Hertme is the release of his 6th album, now with a new band. The album is called "Soô", in which the now 56-year-old Habib emits a different sound from Mali, no political statements or rousing protest songs , but a gentle message about the pleasure of being at home, the happiness of being in Mali, of being aware of his roots and appreciating them. "We are better off at home than being uprooted". Soô is an anthology of secrets of a social life rooted in togetherness. He speaks to us about the unity of a country that goes beyond flag waving. He sings about how friends and neighbors help each other, the benefits of playing football, highlighting everything that cements social life and generations.