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 Pietro Tonolo tenor sax

Giancarlo Bianchetti electric and acoustic guitar

Dudu Kouate percussions


Dajaloo is a word in the Wolof language, one of the countless African languages. It means “to be alike, to stay together”. The music of this album is the result of a trip to Senegal, and of an encounter with some exceptional Senegalese percussionists. Most importantly, it is the result of the desire of saxophone player Pietro Tonolo to deepen his growing interest for the African culture, exploring its music. A music of high rhythmical complexity that has in its polyrhythm a much deeper meaning than in any other place in the world, because it entails the ability to integrate harmoniously with a context, pursuing the primary objective of obtaining a global result, rather than individual affirmation. Illustrating this project, dedicated to Alex Bottoni, who passed away after giving his unique contribution to this music, Tonolo underlines that:

«It’s not a coincidence that the (poly)rhythmical aspect is so prominent in the African music, a land where the connection among human beings, but also between human beings and nature, has kept its strength intact. Any event may assume different value, according to its placement in time: words and actions, potentially positive may become negative if spoken or fulfilled at the wrong time (and vice versa). In other words, life is a matter of rhythm, and if life is so, imagine music, that reorganizes the flow of time so intensely. History made it so that the crucial meeting between African music and cultures and European cultures took place in a third continent (America), sometimes in very dramatic circumstances; from that moment music was never the same, and given these developments (which by the way brought to jazz) we thought of searching a way for an encounter between Africa and Europe».

“Dajaloo” expresses all of this through original tracks and reinterpretations such as Duke Ellington’s African Flower or Teddy Charles Dakar famous thanks to John Coltrane. Thirteen tracks that celebrate the musical affinity among three excellent Italian musicians such as Pietro Tonolo, Giancarlo Bianchetti and the Senegalese percussionist Dudu Kouate, now very active in the Italian and European scene.

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