Christopher Nolan

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participation in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009

for full bio see https://www.facebook.com/christophera.nolan.1

Areas of my work in music have included: artist development, promotion, record production and publishing, tour booking and management, A+R, music festival promotion and programming.

Artists represented have included:
Tartit (Mali)
Mohamed Issa and Imarhan Timbuktu (Mali)
Khaira Arby (Mali)
Mamadou Kelly and BanKaiNa (Mali)
Oumar Konate (Mali)
Leila Gobi (Mali)
Al Bilali Soudan (Mali)
Sumrra (Spain)
and others.

Clermont Music was established in 2010 as an independent record label publishing recordings of the artists with whom I was working. My first release was Khaira Arby's "Timbuktu Tarab" published in August 2010. I produced several North American and European tours for Khaira between 2010 and 2012 where she appeared at major festivals and concert venues.

Prior to Clermont Music I had been involved with urban and economic development. In 2005 I had traveled to the Festival au Desert Essakane which attempted to use an annual cultural celebration in the Sahara Desert to stimulate growth and reconciliation in Northern Mali. In 2012 I recorded under less than ideal conditions what quickly became the final edition of that Festival. Those recordings became Clermont's fourth release, the "Live from Timbuktu 2012" album.

In 2013 I produced two North American tours of the Festival au Desert Caravan for Peace which featured 4 groups, Tartit, Mamadou Kelly, Imarhan Timbuktu and Leila Gobi. The tour achieved successful press exposure of the crisis. Unhappily, the conflict continues unresolved and there is disagreement at all levels on approach to a solution.

Since 2014 I have produced tours by Mamadou Kelly, Imarhan Timbuktu and Oumar Konate. By the end of 2017 I will have published 14 additional albums by various artists. With more in process. I am always looking for talent.

The current challenge is to help develop the careers of these musicians internationally and to find effective worldwide distribution for recordings in all territories. Any assistance and advice will be gratefully received.

Christopher Nolan


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