The new album, with the title “Abaraká!/Tack!” is a thank you from
Ellika & Solo to their teachers and inspirations. The record, kicking
off with a piece that Ellika learnt from her teacher Gustaf Päkkos,
contains 11 fantastic songs, partly written by Ellika & Solo and
partly borrowed from their respective roots - Ellika’s rich Bingsjö
traditions and Solo’s from the Cissokho family in Senegal.
The album was recorded at Home Studio in Revsund just outside Östersund,
during the bitterly cold winter weeks of February 2005.
Technician and co-producer was Sigge Krantz. Ellika & Solo
continue to break conventions. The period since their last
album has seen the pair travelling and making new friends,
with the result that Ellika & Solo have invited several
other musicians to play on some of the songs on the new record.
As Ellika says:
collaboration we have with one another and now with fellow musicians is
founded solely in our desire to play together. You meet a musician that
you feel you just have to play with and the sparks start to fly…
It doesn’t matter where you come from or what