Smoke, No Fire

by Leni Stern



Smoke No Fire, Leni Stern’s thirteenth independent release, was primarily recorded in Bamako, Mali during the military coup d’état of 2012. She continues in her exploration of African music via collaborations with Malian heavyweights Haruna Samake, Ami Sacko, and the rapper Woroferela Moden.
Leni Stern is a global music artist and electric guitarist whose stature has grown in the wake of her acclaimed CDs “Sabani”, ‘Sa Belle Belle Ba’, ‘Africa’ and ‘Spirit In The Water’ – all were recorded in Mali, using local musicians, instruments and equipment, and integrating African and Western music forms with distinction. Critics embraced ‘Africa’ as “a significant new chapter in a career marked by bold changes,” and
ALLMUSIC described it as “one of the finest CDs of the...year, in any genre.”


released October 1, 2012

leni stern - guitars and voice
woroferela moden - rap and voice
haruna samake - camela n’goni
ami sacko - voice
mamadou ba - bass
alioune faye - djembe
kofo - talking drum
abou cisse - voice
jami sacko - backing vocals
mamadou kone - calabash
bouba sacko - n’goni, n’goni bass
jelli ba diabate - doun doun
madou djembe - djembe
mamadou kone - calabash
esperanza spalding - bass on winter
leo genovese - accordion, synthesizer
mike stern - guitar solo on lomeko
ben holmes - trumpet
karen waltuch - viola



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