Fránçois & the Atlas Mountains | 28/04/15

David Byrne: award-winning music legend, Talking Heads frontman, serial collaborator and now Meltdown curator has invited Francois & The Atlas Mountains and L’homme Tranquille guest musicians Djiga Boubacar and Sanou Darra to join him and a wealth of artists including Anna Calvi and Matthew Herbert this August at London’s Southbank Centre. Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be performing tracks from African EP L’homme Tranquille on August 25th at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre.


David Byrne said: "I am beyond excited at how much of this has fallen into place. It’s quite eclectic and I hope there are some new discoveries for everyone – including me – in this edition of the festival’

In the summer of 2013, Francois & The Atlas Mountains took a 10 day trip to Africa to tour and meet up with local musicians, with the intention of collaborating. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Francois jammed with Papa Djiga Boubacar (on ngoni), Luc Kyenbreogo (bass ngoni) and Sanou Darra (balaphon) at the French Cultural Center, building on some simple compositions Francois had already prepared that later blossomed into ‘Ayan Filé’:

"’Ayan Filé came from a spontaneous jam. I started singing words about feeling spaced out as a European traveller landing in Africa. To which Sanou joined in by singing a line from a traditional Burkinabé tune that said ‘Look at us, we're arriving, pay attention to us’.


“We had a soundcard and a few microphones with us. We plugged them in to the computer and recorded all the instruments live. Because these musicians are so skilled and inventive we only did 2 or 3 takes for each songs.”

-       Francois Marry

Francois’ existing obsession with African music led to this excursion and what emerged became L’homme Tranquille, a four-track EP recorded across Ethopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Benin.

Earlier this year, the EP was launched via an interactive website built with Le Monde to celebrate the launch of its new African channel. The site is now accessible in both English and French and acting as a creative and interactive tour diary, it features a range of candid photographs, information and band illustrations documenting their time in Africa. As vibrant and engaging as the EP itself, it’s a great insight into the band’s time away.

Explore L’homme Tranquille with Le Monde HERE

Francois & The Atlas Mountains will be performing at David Byrne’s Meltdown on August 25th at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London. Tickets will be available on May 6th at 10am to Southbank Centre members and on May 8th at 10am to the general public. More information can be found HERE.

L’homme Tranquille will be available on 12” vinyl (RUG638T) and available to download (RUG638D). Order via iTunes HERE and Dom Mart HERE.