BA BALANCE ‘AROUND THE CROCODILE POND’
“Guitar and percussion. That's it. That's what you get. But what a world of music you enter when two old friends – one from Denmark, the other from The Gambia and each a master of their own craft - sit down and decide, finally, to make a record.” Iain Scott, Triple Earth & Sterns Music
‘Around The Crocodile Pond’ features the two friends Preben Carlsen and Sal Dibba grooving and improvising on ten remarkable songs by Preben Carlsen. Guitar riffs and melodies wrapped in effect pedals, loops and African rhythms creates a personal blend of music landscapes and makes the duo sound like a whole band.
Preben Carlsen grew up in a windy village on the west coast of Denmark where Blues Rock was all around. From villager to world citizen he discovered the African continent and fell in love with the music. Carlsen has a sound and feeling for the music of sub Saharan Africa. His style has been nurtured and developed through 20 years of travelling, meetings and collaborations with masters such as Toumani Diabate, A.B. Crentsil, Bassekou Kouyate, Koo Nimo, Pa Bobo Jobarteh, Etienne Mbappé, Harouna Samake and even Pee Wee Ellis. Carlsen is also the regular guitarist, bass player and a collaborative arranger for various soloists, not least Dawda Jobarteh and Moussa Diallo.
Sal Dibba grew up in Bakau, a vibrant urban part in The Gambia. His skills on traditional West African music & contemporary Western music has led him to work with international stars like Tony Allen, Titiyo and Toumani Diabate. During the last 18 years, Carlsen and Dibba has been playing together in several bands. In 2019 they created Ba Balance, and started recording straight away.
“The music on ‘Around the Crocodile Pond’ flows with polyrhythmic elegance as the tunes weave organically in raw circular road movie-style Afro Blues. Iconographic reminiscent of wild wide landscapes, from the deep mangrove forests in the Southern states of USA to the flat red mountains on the Mali desert and with a dramatic blue sky above it all.” Carolina Vallejo, One World Records