Passionate about West African music, Romain Malagnoux, author, composer, singer and guitarist, undertook a 4-month trip to Mali in 2009 in order to discover the musical culture of this country and meet musicians with whom to exchange. Evolving until then in Afro-American influenced styles (soul, folk, pop and English rock), Romain forges friendly and artistic links with the djeli n’goni player Moustafa Kouyaté with whom, during a second stay in Mali, he composes, records and produces the album “Les frontières imaginaires”, (winner in 2014 of a Canadian Folk Music Award and an Independent Music Award – USA) in the company of Malian and Quebec musicians. You can hear “La ligne bleue”, an extract from this album on the Putumayo Compilation “World Cafe 2021”.
Founding member of the group “La Pirogue” (Montreal Arts Council Diversity in Music Award and Syli d’Argent 2019), Romain is focusing on his first love of music in 2020 and is currently preparing an album of soul, folk and pop style compositions.
Romain takes the listener on a journey of changing emotions: melancholy, sweet joy, evasive tenderness, passionate love, explosive joy… The variety and energy of the songs are reminiscent of many of the cultures to which Romain has been exposed for many years. Close your eyes and let yourself be transported!