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Kala Jula - Mande Kulu
kala Jula is a quartet with Samba Diabaté on guitar and ngoni, Vincent Zanetti on guiatar, harp-luth and percussion, Hélène Labarrière on bass, Jacky Molard on violin and alto. While the music is deeply endebted to the Mande tradition of Mali, this global quartet finds new ways to reach its spirit.

Tunde Jegede and Derek Gripper - Mali in Oak
British kora and cello player Jegede and South African guitarist Gripper join together to explore the music of Mali in a unique set of their own arrangments of the tradition. Recorded at the Globe Theater (as in, Shakespeare’s Globe), the sound is gorgeous, the music superb, and the musicianship of the highest level.

Deltas - Ligerian Blues
Deltas, from Angers France, was formed by guitarist Vincent Erdeven and violinist/kora player Richard Bourreau (from Lo'Jo). They are now a trio with ngoni player/singer Andra Kouyaté, originally of Bamako. Thus, the imagery of the word 'Ligerian' (a seeming portmanteau of the Loire and Niger rivers) evokes a symbolic merging of the geographic and musical origins of the musicians themselves, while the group's name recalls the Mississippi delta, the hallowed source of the blues.

Vieux Kante - The Young Man's Harp
The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.

Djessou Mory Kante - River Strings: Maninka Guitar
More than a decade and a half after his first international solo release, Djessou Mory Kanté returns with a collection of beautifully crafted instrumentals. Rooted in the Maninka traditions of Guinea and Mali, River Strings flows with rich melodic interchanges; like the Niger River which inspired these recordings. Younger brother of Les Ambassadeurs' guitarist Kanté Manfila and regular guitarist for such renowned singers as Salif Keïta and Sékouba Bambino, Djessou Mory Kanté's musicianship is gentle and understated and shows just why he is the guitarist to whom others turn. fRoots says: 'There are no vocals, no stunt guitar treatments, nothing to buttonhole the listener apart from the sense of all-rightness generated by faultless layers of guitar playing.' Cliff says: "the album is hitting many listeners, including me, like a gentle bolt of lightening. "

Kandia Kouyate - Renascence
The Mandé art of jeliya carries a long and complex tradition of fine distinctions and endless debates about the qualities that earn its hereditary poets, musicians and soothsayers the highest accolades and honorifics. But on the great jelimusolu (female singers) of our time, there is near-unanimity regarding Kandia Kouyaté: she is a ngara. More than a skilled singer, a ngara is the extraordinary artist who possesses what many would say is a paranormal aura of majesty. Read more and listen.

Issa Bagayogo - Tassoumakan
He's a recognized leader in the fusion of electronic pop indigenous rhythms of Mali, a singer and master of the 6-string n'goni (a regional string instrument that could be described as a cross between a harp and a lute), Bagayogo is renowned for his ability to present dance music that is so steeped in Malian rhythm and instrumentation that the music feels completely organic. TASSOUMAKAN (Voice of Fire) is a mixed bag of styles, ranging from the acoustic sounding opening track Ciew Mawele to the techno-dance grooves of Furu to the downbeat Kanou, which features shades of American blues. Backing Bagayogo is an arsenal of instrumentation that includes the balafon, flute, female vocals, percussion and keyboards.

Toba Seydou Traore - Toba Seydou Traore
Lo-fi but immensely interesting recordings from Mali's Malinke hunters. Toba Seydou Traore is from Bougouni in southwest Mali, and his voice soars over rattles, shakers and the strings of a 'hunter's harp.' Listen

Africando - Viva Africando
Africando's 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maïga, bring New York's top Latin musicians, led by pianist Oscar Hernandez, to Paris. There they reunite with the group's vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sékouba Bambino, Amadou Ballaké and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.

Sidi Toure - Hoga
Songs recount Songhai Empire history as the weirdly sympathetic strains of an archaic Songhai viol and bluesy overdriven electric guitar swirl around it. This is a truly unque musician, with a sound all his own.

Zani Diabate and Les Heritiers - Tientalaw
In the 1980s and at the helm of The Super Djata Band, Zani and his fellow musicians became the toast of the Western concert circuit. As critic Robert Christgau put it: "Super Djata's groove is harder than Zairean soukous and fiercer than Senegalese mbalax". As a Diabaté, one of Mali's most renowned griot families, Zani had been schooled in not just the kora and balafon but also dance and percussion, and perhaps his distinctive guitar playing reflected this synthesis. Blistering solos with unpredictable and angular episodes identified him as one of the region's great players with a style that, in some ways, was well-suited to European ears. Sadly whilst putting the finishing touches to Tientalaw Zani, according to reports, entered the studio with guitar strapped on in readiness but shortly suffered a stroke. He later died in a Parisian hospital on the afternoon of January 5th, 2011. Listen

Habib Koité and Bamada - Muso Ko
1990s classic from the Malian guitarist: 'Guitarist Habib Koite is from Mali, but this rising star represents the contemporary sound of African pop. His first album, which is now being re-released here, is mostly made up of upbeat songs that electrify a variety of regional styles. The accompanying translated lyrics show Koite to be a songwriter that takes on weightier subjects than the usual vacuous party fare. The songs don't translate easily, resembling fables at times, but there is no mistaking the message of his hit, "Cigarette A Bana (The Cigarette is Finished)." Koite's brisk, breezy songs layer call-and-response singing over a seamless mix of African percussion and Western instruments. His academic training shows up most notably in his sophisticated arrangements, which continually change textures, keeping his songs as appealing to the head as the feet.' - Marty Lipp, RootsWorld

Salif Keita - 69>80
A collection of important songs from the 70s era Keita catalog, includes Mana-Mani, Mandjou, Primpin, Wale, 4 V, Sidiki, N'Toman, Marfa

Les Ambassadeurs - Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako
A specially mastered double album compilation of the original 1975 - 1977 recordings by one West Africa's greatest bands, the one which first set Salif Keita on his road to worldwide success. Including tracks never released digitally or on CD before, also containing the first ever release of two recordings from the vaults of Radio Mali. The whole album reveals both the traditional and international side of this inspired band. In 1969 an ambitious army lieutenant, a key member of the new junta which had seized power only the previous year, decided that a band was needed to entertain customers at the Motel De Bamako, then a popular venue set in the shade of mango trees on the banks of the river Niger. With his patronage, a group coalesced and in 1972 it attracted guitarist Kanté Manfila, followed a year later by perhaps its most famous member, Salif Keita. The band took its job seriously.

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