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"Mali Sadjo" from Kakande
Sample Track 2:
"Kakande" from Kakande
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Lively, modern West African music

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Malian balafon player Famoro Dioubate and vocalist Missia Saran Dioubate lead this energetic ensemble in a set that opens with a real bang, on the propulsive pop tune, "Kakande," which combines the manic beauty of Zimbabwean chimurenga music to the lush melodicism of Mali. It's a great, groovy, irresistible African pop song, one that will send you back to hit the "replay" button a time or two. The rest of the album is mellower and set at a more relaxed pace, but it mines familiar, comforting terrain. Like so many others, Famoro comes from a long line of musical masters, and as a young, up-and-coming virtuoso, he shows a lot of promise here. Looking forward to the next album!

-by Joe Sixpack 07/08/08 >> go there
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