Category Archives: World

(May 6, 2017): Bill Frisell – Baba Drame

From the 2003 album, The Intercontinentals. A Boubacar Traoré composition with his Mali percussionist compatriot, Sidiki Camara, on vocals. The LP was the first for the Frisell’s occasional sextet.

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(December 30, 2016): Amadou & Mariam – Sénégal Fast Food

From the 2004 album, Dimanche À Bamako.  Mariam Doumbia and Amadou Bagayoko met at the Mali Institute for the Blind. They married in 1980 and formed their duo in 1983. This tune is the hit single off the LP.  It … Continue reading

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(December 6, 2016) – Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi – Ndima Ndapedza

From the 1999 album, Tuku Music.  Mtukudzi has been releasing great tunes since the late 1970s. He is one of the best known musicians from Zimbabwe; a feature on a number of Putumayo African samplers. His guitar solo here always reminds me … Continue reading

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(October 25, 2016): Adama Yalomba – Djamakoyo

From the 2009 album, Kassa.  Yalomba is a Mali multi-instrumentalist star who has collaborated with the greats, including both Ali Farka Touré, Afel Bocoum, Oumou Sangaré, and Tinariwe. Like most Malians, his guitar and voice can mesmerize. This outing was … Continue reading

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(March 20, 2016): Amanaz – Khala My Friend

From the 1975 album, Africa.  This Zambian band was together from 1973-1975.  The players were Keith Kabwe,  Isaac Mpofu, John Kanyepa, Jerry Mausala, and Watson Lungu  They released this single long player in 1975, which was reissued in 2015.  It by virtue of the reissue … Continue reading

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(February 23, 2016): Mali Latino – Ni Koh Bedy

From the 2010 self-titled album, Mali Latino.  The trio of Alex Wilson, Ahmed Fofana, and  Madou Sidiki Diabaté team up to mix Latin jazz piano with Malian kora.   The tune was also included on the Putamayo release African Blues.  The liner … Continue reading

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(January 10, 2015): Adèle – J’ai Peur Parfois

From the 1966 EP, J’ai Peur Parfois / C’est Bon / Et La La La La / Je Ne Veux Plus D’accordéon.  Before there was Adele, there was Adèle, the French yé-yé singer.  So far as I can tell, this … Continue reading

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