Naamu EPK

As a bass guitarist, composer and initiator, Teun (Netherlands, 1991) has always had a broad interest in different musical genres, which has never limited him to playing only one genre. Teun has performed nationally and internationally with a wide variety of bands in genres such as blues, jazz, funk, rock, punk, impro, afrobeat, Latin and other forms of world music. One of his better-known bands was De Raad van Toezicht, with whom he played on most leading national stages (such as North Sea Jazz, Music Meeting and Transition Festival), released two albums, received a nomination for a Zilveren Notenkraker and was a regular guest on various radio and television programmes, such as De Wereld Draait Door.
But to free up time for further development of new music, Teun decided to quit De Raad van Toezicht in 2021. He felt he was ready for new challenges and a new sound, which ultimately led him to the birth of Naamu: a unique collaboration with musicians from the Netherlands, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea resulting into a powerful pure album of Malinke groove jazz.

Teun Creemers by Robin Wagenaar


Naamu is the new project of bass guitarist Teun Creemers.

After months of composing, planning and recording, Naamu is finally done and due to be released in April 2023 by the labels Zennez Records and One World Records. This album was recorded and produced at the Galloway Studio in Nijmegen where Teun collaborated with co-producer Sebastiaan van Bijlevelt and various Dutch and African musicians to create a striking combination of traditional West African sounds and contemporary jazz.

For this album Teun combined his experiences in West African music with his passion for the guitaristic approach to the bass guitar. After having played with various respected West African musicians like Harouna Samake and Sekou Kouyate he felt the need to delve further into the West African music and all it’s possibilities. Without neglecting his own built up experiences within the Dutch jazzscene he pursued his dream to combine the best of two worlds; creating his own unique approach of Afro-groove-jazz.

Guests featured on the album include some of the best musicians of the West-African music scene like Harouna Samake (kamele n’goni), Mamadou Diabate (balafon), Sefoudi Kouyate (kora), Yacouba Sagara (vocals) and Kankou Kouyaté (vocals). Also participating were Dutch musicians such as Jesse Schilderink (tenor), Miguel Boelens (alto/tenor), Mete Erker (bass clarinet), Yoran Vroom (drums), Antoine Duijkers (drums/percussion), Yariv Vroom (percussion), Fantison Araby O’Bryan (mandinka percussion), Yannick van ter Beek (percussion) and Teis Semey (guitar).

For a more complete list of everyone who collaborated on the album, its lyrics and artwork check out the album booklet here: Naamu Booklet

Album Cover by Alicia Martin Lopez


Naamu – Live

The Naamu band consists of a large group of musicians from the Netherlands. It consists of: a large rhythm section of percussionists and drums, a two-piece wind section with saxophone and bass clarinet, and a section of string instruments with the traditional Malian kamele n’goni, guitars and bass guitar.
The Naamu band sounds like one of the most powerful combinations Teun has ever played with and perfectly interprets the music from the album “Naamu”. The result is an honest mix of jazz-influenced African djeli storytelling with a constant presence of driving rhythm.

Miguel Boelens (alto/tenor)
Mete Erker (bassclarinet/tenor)
Teis Semey (guitar)

Jelle Roozenburg (guitar)
Fantison Araby (mandinka percussion)
Yariv Vroom (percussion)
Yoran Vroom (drums)
Teun Creemers (bass guitar)

For special occasions or international tours, the band changes the line-up slightly to make room for 4 Malian musicians who can be heard on the album. A new instrument will be introduced with Harouna Samake playing along on his kamale n’goni (traditional Malian stringed instrument that plays a very big role on the album). In addition, singers Kankou Kouyaté, Yacouba “Bloffou” Sagara and Ami Dante join in to proclaim the album’s stories with their great collaborative singing.

Kankou Kouyaté (vocals)
Yacouba “Bloffou” Sagara (vocals)
Ami Dante (vocals)

Harouna Samake (kamele n’goni)
Mete Erker (bassclarinet/tenor)
Teis Semey (guitar)
Yoran Vroom (drums)
Teun Creemers (bass guitar)

The lead singers are Kankou Kouyaté (heard on Ne Jarabira) and Yacouba Sagara (heard on the title song Naamu). Both are djeli/griot from Bamako; highly respected singers and storytellers from musical families who carry on this tradition generation after generation.


Kankou Kouyaté

Kankou Kouyate is a singer and songwriter from one of Mali’s most prominent musical families. Her versatility and openness to musical exchanges have allowed her to collaborate with many of Mali’s most respected artists, including Toumani Diabate, Bassekou Kouyate and Cheick Tidiane Seck, and international stars such as Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Nick Zinner.

Yacouba ‘Bloffou’ Sagara

Yacouba Sagara, also known as Bloffou, is a young Malian artist who fell in love with Dogo music when he joined Salif Keita’s band as a chorister/acoustic guitarist during the Moffou period. Bloffou has ever since released his own album in 2006 and collaborated with several Malian artists including Salif keita, Vieux Farka Touré, Nakou Drame and Collectif Teriya, among others.

Harouna Samake

Harouna Samake is considered Mali’s Kamele N’Goni player number one. He regularly performs internationally with Salif Keita, and has recorded on more than 50 albums. Among them 5 albums by Salif Keita, and others subsequently with Sali Sidibe, Blick Bassy, Bella Fleck, Etienne Mbappé, Bassekou Kouyaté, Toumani Diabate and many others.


Contact:

Teun Creemers
info@teuncreemers.com
+31 6 30 87 15 71

Download EPK

Tour dates:

07-02-2023Naamu – Jazz in Arnhem

28-05-2023Naamu – Jazz in Duketown


As a compensation to all the financial support I received for making this album, we’ve done a concert in Brebl with all the Dutch musicians involved in the recording process of the album. Thanks again to Fonds Podiumkunsten and Stichting Otis Talent.