Twenty years since they were formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System have announced new studio album ‘The Source’ will be released in early 2016 on ECC Records. They will also be playing shows and festivals in 2016 including a date at Celtic Connections 2016 on 29 January at Glasgow’s o2 ABC which is on sale now.One of world music’s top acts, with sales of over one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album and an exhilarating live show that ranges from full-on club energy to moments of intimacy.
‘The Source’ is undoubtedly their most ambitious album yet and one will take their cross-cultural collaboration and acclaimed live performances to another level. It is the first album to fully celebrate the African and Asian roots brought to the band by long-term members vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Along with founder member Simon Emmerson (producer, guitars, cittern), Davy Spillane (uillean pipe, whistles), Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes), Emer Mayock (Uilleann Pipes and Whistle) and Moussa Sissoka (talk drums and djembe) the album also features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians which together fully demonstrates the eclecticism of the band’s music.
The album is mixed by Afro Celt programmer, engineer and mixer Mass and Dave Botterill (who mixed the first two ACSS albums) and guests on the album include members of Shooglenifty, a 5 strong female griot vocal group from N’Faly’s homeland Guinea Conakry, Robbie Harris (boudrain), Ged Lynch (drums), Seane Davey (Harp), Richard Evans (Bass and engineering) and risings talents on the Celtic roots scene – the piping, vocals and rapping of Gaelic language activist Griorgair and Amagh flutist and singer Rioghnach Connolly.