Afro Celt Sound System

Genres: Electronic & Ambient
Decades: 1990s 2000s


A bold attempt to fuse modern electronic styles with ethnic rhythms from the African and Celtic traditions, Afro-Celt Sound System is the brainchild of Grammy-nominated producer Simon Emmerson. He brought together a diverse team of musicians, including members of Baaba Maal’s band, N’Faly Kouyate (kora, balaphon, vocals), Kaouding Cissokho (2 November 1964, Tamba Counda, Senegal, d. 18 July 2003), Moussa Sissokho (djembe/talking drum), Jo Bruce (b. 9 February 1969, d. 8 October 1997) (son of Jack Bruce), James McNally, Irish traditional singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird, Breton harp player Myrdhin, Martin Russell (keyboards), Davy Spillane (uillean pipes) and Ronan Browne (uillean pipes), (who toured with the phenomenally successful Riverdance show), to record together over a week in July 1995. With artwork from Jamie Reid (famed for his Sex Pistols graphics), the album, Volume One Sound Magic, embraced many disparate sounds, from jungle to...

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