Biography Julia Sarr
is one of the most original vocal artist to emerge from West Africa in decade, mezzo-soprano Julia Sarr honed her reputation as an A-list backing vocalist in Paris for luminaries such as Miriam Makeba, Youssou Ndour, Salif Keita, Francis Cabrel, Alpha Blondy, Marcus Miller, Archie Shepp, etc.
Julia Sarr walks on solo since her album Daraludul Yow, an impertinent dream, and vision of the "piano in the savanna" in the village. She says that composing an album means revealing herself to the world, and it is always with as much singularity and elegance that Julia Sarr goes through life and pursues her quest for a Wolof song free from all the anchors of tradition. Njaboot is a new opus simmered with the talented pianist and producer Fred Soul. Her sensitive and personal melodies remain filled with the Woloff source and arise with delicacy on it, moment of grace where Africa meets jazz. With sounds of a sophisticated Fender Rhodes, also the delicacy of Anthony Jambon and Guimba Kouyaté’s guitars, Guillaume Bongiraud's cello and Robinson Khoury’s trombone, the fiery of the percussions of Stéphane Edouard and Mamané Thiam that embraces the roundness of Alune Wade’s bass. Julia Sarr's voice offers this intense breath of the griot's soul with intimacy, her songs remaining as veiled treasures : "Yéné, Nobel Bi, Jaya, Doynawar, Laamin..." a new tone with freedom and poetry.