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Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu

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These days the genre of desert blues boasts one of the most vibrant music movements around the world. The bands and musicians that are part of this genre come from an area that is spread across Western Africa that stretches from Mali to Libya gathering people of various ethnic groups. Artists such as Tinariwen, Terakaft, Boubakar ...

Sainkho Namtchylak: Like a Bird or Spirit, not a Face

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It is not easy to find a definitive discography of Sainkho Namtchylak's album releases, partly because of subtle variations in the spelling of her name and also because she has appeared on quite a few compilation albums. However, according to Namtchylak herself, this release brings the total number to over fifty. Despite the considerable ripples that ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal: Musique De Nuit

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Expanding on the adage that less is more, Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and renowned French cellist Vincent Segal have taken an ascetic minimalistic approach on Musique De Nuit. This melding of primordial African intonations with Baroque inclinations, has yielded a stimulating and unique hybrid acoustic format, which they first experimented with in “Chamber Music," back ...

Baba Sissoko: Jazz (R)Evolution

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Frutto di un incontro barese del novembre 2014, questo album, pur ponendo gomito a gomito tre personalità assolutamente complementari e poeticamente compatibili, sembra pagare uno scotto non trascurabile al gap che a volte viene a generarsi tra fruizione dal vivo e resa discografica.

I tracciati privilegiano ovviamente la componente etnica, africana ma non ...

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power

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African music is on an unprecedented upward spiral in terms of popularity and global recognition. Each country within Africa is subdivided into local provinces and territories, each with their own cultural traits and traditions. Mali, of course is no exception and has been in the forefront of this musical revival. Bassekou Kouyaté is a prominent representative ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

BKO Quintet: Bamako Today

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While most musicians have the convenience of being in a relaxed atmosphere while preparing to produce a record, this was not the situation for the members of the BKO Quintet. Amidst the revolutionary turmoil which embroiled Mali in late 2012 to the brink of civil war, they maintained focused on their musical endeavor, albeit with a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jim Fusilli on Mali and Music

Jim Fusilli on Mali and Music

Two weeks ago, Jim Fusilli—the Wall Street Journal's rock and pop critic—spent time in Paris interviewing Mali musicians for a brilliant column in the paper last week. As most people know, Mali's northern region recently was overrun by Islamists associated with al Qaeda. Their first move before the French moved in and chased them into the desert? ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Jama Ko

Out/Here

2013

Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba's third album continues the increasingly outward-looking trajectory of its predecessors. The debut, the lovely Segu Blue (Out/Here, 2007), was unadorned roots music. Its follow-up, the more visceral I Speak Fula (Out/Here, 2010), wove ...