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Arouna & Biko – Bamanaya Siri Album Out Now

Available on Bandcamp – Itunes – Spotify Bamanaya Sira by Arouna & Biko As artists, activists, musicians, and creators, we spend our lives honing our craft. We grow through adversity and challenges to learn a deeper respect for the arts and the mediums by which we channel our creativity energy. Some call it the muse, some […]

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AROUNA + BIKO : Champions Live

‘Champions’ is the first single off of Arouna Diarra and Biko Casini’s new album, Bamanaya Sira.  This song was written after touring for three weeks on the Salish Sea.  Biko Casini recalls how this oceanic journey inspired him to write this beautiful song, saying “the sound of the water dissolved my sense of individuality and gave life to […]

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Arouna + Biko: Making of Bamanaya Sira

Music has the power to transcend all borders and boundaries.  Arouna Diarra and Biko Casini met in Ghana for the first time and though they didn’t speak the same language they connected musically in a deep and powerful way.  Several years later, following a grief ritual with Sebonfu Some, a ceremonial leader from Burkina Faso, […]

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Arouna + Biko : Ngoni Blues Live

An album years in the making. An alliance of brothers across bloodlines and generations. The meeting of cultures. A fusion of earthen instruments with mighty spirit and potent intention. Combining the masterful percussion of Biko Casini from Rising Appalachia and the majestic Ngoni and Balafon of Arouna Diarra, these two timeless souls have come together to […]

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Rising Appalachia : Alive Tour Diary #4 – Biko

It was such a blessing to have the opportunity to go home to my little cob house in Bolinas for a night between shows. I drove to the coast lifted by the beautiful energy of Petaluma. I felt the winds rock me and the smoke turned the moon red. I got back to the house. […]

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