Singer and guitarist Romain Malagnoux, born and raised in France, has now been residing in Quebec since 2004.
In 2009, a long dream finally came true for him when he travelled to Mali, Africa to absorb the musical traditions and vibrations of the local people. Inspired by the work and talent of Bassékou Kouyaté, one of the country’s greater artists, learning to play the djeli n’goni. It’s also during his stay that he met with Kouyaté himself during Tombouctou Desert Festival. Back in Bamako over a cup of tea, Bassékou introduced Romain to his son Moustafa. The chemistry be-tween the two musicians operate immediately, as in 2011 during a second stay in Mali, Romain and Moustafa wrote and recorded the album, titled “Les Frontières Imaginaires”. On this album, one will note the influences of Bassékou Kouyaté, Habib Koité, and of Rodrigo & Gabriela. This album has been rewarded with the Canadian Folk Music Award, best world music band, 2014 and a nomination to the quebecois ADISQ award.