Leni Stern Digital Single Evokes U2; New CD Sabani Planned for Fall


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Stripped Down African Trio Album by Leni Stern Manages to Create an Epic Austerity, Gets Digital Single Preview via Powerful Track, 'Still Bleeding'

'Sabani' CD to Showcase Guitar, N'goni Ba, Calabash and Tama; Single is First Song Stern Has Ever Written on N'Goni Ba

On her upcoming, stripped down African trio EP Sabani, acclaimed Global Music artist Leni Stern creates an epic austerity evocative of U2's powerful ballads such as “One" and “Red Hill Mining Town."

Stern will preview the September EP with the digital single “Still Bleeding," set for release in late May. The song and the forthcoming album were recorded and mixed in Bamako, Mali, and showcase Stern on electric guitar, vocals and n'goni ba, Haruna Samake on camela n'goni, and Africa's Mamadou Kone dit Prince ('MK Called Prince') on calabash and tama. The digital single, the first song Stern has ever written on n'goni ba, will be available via CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and other digital outlets. Download cards will be available at upcoming Leni Stern concerts.

“Sabani" means “three" in Bambara, and all of the tracks on Stern's EP will be trio compositions—a stark departure from the multi-instrumental African/Indian/Global orchestrations she's delivered as her sound evolved on recent albums Sa Belle Belle Ba, Africa, Spirit in the Water, Alu Maye and others.

More about Leni Stern and her recent releases

Stern earned the most glowing reviews of her eclectic career with her Global ensemble project, 'Sa Belle Belle Ba.' iTunes Editorial raved about the album's “bewitching grooves," “sweltering rhythms" and “incantatory lyrics." Other recent press coverage has described Stern as “among the most adventurous musicians of her generation," and has noted, “Her CD is an eclectic collection of fused musical styles and genres." By showcasing multiple guest performers, highlighting indigenous instruments from Africa and elsewhere, and allowing the collaborative process to shine, Stern delivered a complex, hard-hitting, funky, international rocker. Listen to streaming tracks from the album, here: http://www.sethcohenpr.com/player/lenistern/. On September 15th, 2010, in an extraordinary example of the respect Stern has earned in Africa, she performed at the Presidential Palace in Bamako Mali, playing n'goni with Bassekou Kouyate's n'goni orchestra.

This story appears courtesy of Seth Cohen PR.
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