Le Mondo welcomes Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band (Burkina Faso) on their first US tour alongside Peni Candra Rini (Java, Indonesia) and Mowder Oyal (Baltimore, USA), for a don’t-even-think-about-missing night of music and performance on Saturday, May 27th at 8PM.
ABOUT BABA COMMANDANT
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band are a contemporary group from Burkina Faso, steeped in the capital’s DIY underground musical culture. Coming from Bobo-Dioulasso, the group is steeped in the Mandingue musical traditions of their ancestral legacy. The enigmatic lead singer Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) is an original and eccentric character who is well respected in the Burkinabé musical community. A sort of punk Faso Dan Fani activist for traditional Mandingo music, Baba continues to redefine the boundaries between traditional and modern.
Stylistic influences include: Afrobeat style, drawing inspiration from the golden era of Nigerian music; Fela Kuti/Africa 70; King Sunny Adé; and Malian growler Moussa Doumbia (the James Brown of Mali).
ABOUT PENI CANDRA RINI
Peni is a renowned Javanese singer, composer, and faculty member at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts. Raised in an artistic family in a small fishing village in East Java, Peni first began studying voice at the age of 5 under her father, a village shadow master. She is a master of several traditional forms and is regarded as one of Indonesia’s most daring young composers, one of only a handful of female composers in the majority Muslim nation.
The Kronos String Quartet is currently performing her latest chamber work, which they premiered this year at Carnegie Hall. During the spring 2023 semester she will be teaching as a Visiting Fulbright Artist-Scholar at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her latest experimental album is being produced in collaboration with Deerhoof’s John Dieterich.
ABOUT MOWDER OYAL
Mowder Oyal is a Baltimore-based quartet of musicians and multidisciplinary artists that make hardcore punk and free jazz at the same time. With rapper/actor/arts advocate Eze Jackson on vocals, musician and arts lawyer Adam Holofcener on guitar, Konjur Collective’s Bashi Rose on percussion, and Mind On Fire’s James Young on bassoon, Mowder Oyal (phonetic Baldamore-ese for “motor oil”) is a sonic supergroup providing the soundtrack for the there-is-never-not-a-pandemic-