lionel loueke - virgin forest
obliqsound records, 2007
** Best World Traditional Song - Independent Music Awards

rossignol
vivi
kponnon-kpete *
madjigua
virgin forest
Walter Smith iii

lionel loueke . vocals, guitars,
                       percussion
herbie hancock . piano
gretchen parlato . vocals
cyro baptista . percussion
gregoire maret . harmonica
massimo biolcati . bass
ferenc nemeth . drums


west african percussion ensemble led by raimi brothers & tessi brothers
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"Her relaxed style meshes perfectly with Loueke's rolling rhythms and lulling melodies. Their performances are some of the highlights on Virgin Forest." - David French, Downbeat, Jul 2007

"From the beginning we had a real connection, a natural chemistry. She's the only singer that I never have to account for or change the way I play; the guitar and the voice are so well balanced that no one is ever out in front. We complete each other." - Lionel Loueke