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Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni ba

Tabali te

Bassekou Kouyate + Ngoni ba

Tabali te

Lifted from a truly jawdropping debut from gifted Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate.

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ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE KAYES

Duga

ORCHESTRE REGIONAL DE KAYES

Duga

Slow devotional Malian jazz on this 1970's masterpiece from the Orchestre Régional de Kayes.

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Rail Band and Mory Kante

Lanseny

Rail Band and Mory Kante

Lanseny

One of Mali's longest enduring and influential bands, here fronted by Mory Kanté.

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TOUMANI DIABATÉ

Cantelowes

TOUMANI DIABATÉ

Cantelowes

Probably the world's most gifted Kora player with another sublime stretch of cascading strings.

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Djelimady

Kouyate/Diaoura

Djelimady

Kouyate/Diaoura

Another string virtuoso with a masterclass in distilled, heart-stopping simplicity.

156

Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate

Kaira

Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate

Kaira

Lifted off what must be one of the most played albums in our offices...ever.

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Rail Band

Soyomba (feat. Salif Keita )

Rail Band

Soyomba (feat. Salif Keita )

The incredible Rail Band again, this time fronted by their original vocalist and legend Salif Keita.

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ALI FARKA TOURE

Savane

ALI FARKA TOURE

Savane

Title track from the very last album recorded by smouldering Malian talent Ali Farka Toure.

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Bako, Kassé Mady, Kerfala

Kanimba

Bako, Kassé Mady, Kerfala

Kanimba

Beautiful Griot rendition built around a sparkling Gamelan melody.

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Oumou Sangaré

Diaraby Nene

Oumou Sangaré

Diaraby Nene

Standout piece from Oumou Sangaré, the "Songbird of Wassoulou."

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Orchestre Rail Band De Bamako

Mali Cebalenw

Orchestre Rail Band De Bamako

Mali Cebalenw

Another sublime moment from the Rail band in one of its many incarnations.

156

Zoumana Diarra

Kala Timeni

Zoumana Diarra

Kala Timeni

Played on what is claimed to be the only 44 string Kora in the world.

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Rail Band

Duga (Bambara Version)

Rail Band

Duga (Bambara Version)

Amazing 8 Minute version of the oft-performed Duga.

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Boubacar Traoré

Mariama Kaba

Boubacar Traoré

Mariama Kaba

Despite performing prolifically since the 60's, it took until 1990 for this debut to be released.

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks in love with Mali”

Over the last few years we've developed an obsession with half a dozen or so Malian albums that have charmed and beguiled us into submission. These include Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate's magical "In the Heart of the Moon", Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba's award winning "Segu Blue" and the amazing 'Belle Epoque' series of releases compiling the work of Mali's long-running Rail Band. The guitar and Kora playing at the heart of much of this music joins the dots between various forms of African Pop music and a deep kind of Blues that has drawn the interest of a stream of notable western artists ranging from Damon Albarn and his exceptional "Mali Music" set for Honest Jon's to Bjork's more recent collaborations with Toumani Diabate, providing the standout tracks on her last album "Volta". This selection here includes pieces from the aforementioned albums, as well as tracks from the likes of Zoumana Diarra, Boubacar Traoré and Orchestre Regional De Kayes, and steers away from the dusty clichés so often associated with African music, instead offering a window into a world of indescribable vibrancy and beauty.

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On 20 May 12:45 Brad said:

“Wonderous”

Have you guys got a set of informers telling you what I would like to hear next?
wonderful!
just what i needed.

On 20 May 14:44 pliers said:

“Excellent”

Excellent choice--there are mountains of Africa stuff waiting to be discovered. If anyone likes the Rail band tracks I also recommend "Armee Mali," "Koro Koni," "Dioula" and "Tiramakan." 14 Tracks could also do a Congolese Rumba selection or a Franco selection--this music in a lot of ways lays waste to most non-African music.

On 21 May 07:23 Frank Paul said:
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“Whatever happened to "Your Suggestions"?”

Hey guys, whatever happened to the "Your Suggestions" feature? For more than two months now there's been a #1 voted suggestion (14 Tracks of African Highlife), the 14th of the month has come and gone (twice) and you've done nothing with these more than 50 suggestions offered up. What gives?

On 21 May 08:14 rb said:

“Stunning...”

Just when I think I'm starting to get a grip on what makes beautiful music "beautiful", a selection like this comes along. Time after time 14 tracks has blown my mind, but for me, this is the most revelatory selection since 14 tracks contemplating the raga. Hats off to you guys, really. I just can't get enough.