Smalltalk came about one night in Break House in Oxfordshire when Bravo met Kadialy Kouyate, the kora player, for the first time.
The musicians started to play together for friends and family present.
Kadialy had not encountered the steel pan before. Bravo, in order to achieve a more intimate sound played his pan, without a stand, on his lap.
'Smalltalk' - the title track, 'Remembering' and 'We Are The Same' were all born of that first night of improvisation together.
The album also has a number of tracks written individually by both Bravo and Kadialy.
Kadialy sings and plays both his versions of traditional songs, songs which often tell stories and his own original music.
Bravo has composed songs inspired by the old Kaiso storytelling tradition of the Caribbean.
Smalltalk has fused two traditions of Africa and the Caribbean, from the Griot and the Calypsonian, together with their traditional instruments, the Kora and the Steel Pan, in an innovative and contemporary way.
Smalltalk - about the songs:
1 - SMALL TALK Fimber Bravo and Kadialy Kouyate
2 - JUGUYA (Wickedness) Kadialy Kouyate
3 - OLD KAISO F. Bravo
4 - DIALY YA Kadialy Kouyate
5 - REMEMBERING (Lamineba). Fimber Bravo and Kadialy Kouyate
6 - SEAGULLS Fimber Bravo
7 - NA SILO (My Way) Fimber Bravo
8 - KILONDING (Orphan) Kadialy Kouyate
9 - MUSIC Fimber Bravo
10 - WE ARE ALL THE SAME Kadialy Kouyate