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  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marabi
  • ASIN: B00008J2UM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mouso Teke Soma Ye
2. Diarabi (with Ali Farka Toure)
3. Mariama Kaba (with Ballake Sissoko
4. Sa Golo (with Rokia Traore)
5. Improvisation I
6. Je Chanterai Pour Toi (with Madieye Niang)
7. Le Monde Est Fait Pour Ou'on S'aime (with Madieye Niang)
8. Samba
9. Adieu Pierrette
10. Kalilou
11. Duna Ma Yelema (with Ali Farka Troure)
12. Macire
13. Soundiata
14. Improvisation 2 (with Ali Farka Toure)
15. Mali Twist
16. Kayes Ba

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In advance of his new album on Lusafrica, expected next spring, the label is rereleasing Boubacar Traore s two classic recordings for Marabi. Made in 2002 and 2005, and unavailable for some time, these albums cemented the already considerable reputation of Traore as a leading exponent of Malian blues .


Malian Boubacar Traoré, otherwise known as Kar Kar, had early experience of pop stardom in the 60s with Kar Kar Madison and Mali Twist. Feted as the African Elvis, his fortunes seemed sure, but fall turned out to be as swift as rise. After his father's death he returned home to Kayes to support the family, working the land and selling clothes. When his wife died in childbirth he moved to Paris, and worked as a casual labourer. It wasn't until 1990, aged 48, that Sterns put out the brilliant Mariama album, and he resumed his career (though the sleeve notes of that album referred to him as "now retired"). His songs, just guitar and vocals, struck a powerful chord: a highly personal and refined variant of Malian blues--in fact, a derivative of traditional kassonké music and American blues.

Reminiscent of Skip James, he blended a soft vocal roughness with nimble and generally minimal finger-picked guitar, that suddenly erupted into virtuoso outbursts of complex runs and scales. Absolutely the real thing: anything but glossy and always powerfully emotional. Since then there have been several albums all consistently excellent and varying little in style. But this one is slightly different--the soundtrack to a film by Jacques Sarasin: a journey across Mali with Kar Kar, meeting and playing with such musicians as Ali Farka Touré, kora player Ballaké Cissokho and balafonist Kélétigui Diabaté.

Most of the music is recorded live and unadorned, though one track is a studio job with Rokia Traoré and group. Throughout it's spellbinding. Kar Kar playing and singing with more ease and élan than ever, a man at the peak of his form. And, so baldly and frankly recorded, we are as close to the music and its maker as any listener could wish. --Rick Sanders

© fRoots Magazine. All rights reserved. -- fRoots, March 2003

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Beard on 15 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
due to it's nature as the soundtrack to a film about the life and music of the great Mali bluesmand Boucacar Traore and also the music of Mali itself this album has a wonderful half joined feel, most of the songs on it are recorded live and often include sounds from the documentary which run into one another making the listener feel more like he is journying through the music, not just sitting still and listening to an album.
the music itself is of a very high quality, mixing the blues and more traditional mali music perfectly to form something which to the western ear is wonderfully relaxing, somewhat like those relaxation tapes of sea sounds, but with high quality music instead. Nor is it all the same artist, for whilst Traore features on all tracks he plays a number of duets, including three with Ali Farka Toure (who's album 'talking timbuctoo' with Ry Cooder i would also very much recommend). Their are also two songs from Traore's earlier carreor in the sixties where he was portrayed as independant malis answer to rock and roll.
This album is also wonderfully packaged with very good liner notes in both english and french telling you about each of the songs and about the man himself. There are many photos which help further the image of the music the album puts together as well.
I highly recomend this CD for anybody who is looking for a relaxing alternternative to just about anything modern life has to offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Afro-Scot on 13 Mar. 2008
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I've had 'The Best of . .' and 'Macire' for a while, and love them, particularly 'Macire'. I hesitated for ages to buy this thinking that, being a film soundtrack, it wouldn't match the others.
But it's wonderful, and is now my favourite.
If you appreciate the music of Boubacar Traore at all, you will love this.
Dreamy and contemplative - West Africa at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curly on 18 Aug. 2012
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If you're here, then you already know how good this guy is. Saw him at Womad, and straight after getting home got a few of his albums. Timeless, raw music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness 23 May 2003
By o dubhthaigh - Published on
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This is the soundtrack to the French film about one of the greatest African artists of our times. If you have ever wondered about the origins of the American blues, listen to KarKar, as he is known in Mali. Thematically the songs are extraordinarily intelligent, metaphysical, ontological, existential. One of the things Americans have lost, regardless of their cultural heritage, is the sense of nuance that made a turn of phrase a philosophical and heartbreaking treatise. While US singers, regardless of race, seem to exalt in the bloody obvious, losing any grasp on subtlety, this man virtually oozes the sublime and the sophistication of a life fully informed with tragedy, passion, inspiration and joy. His guitar playing is exquisite, his voice one of a solitary visionary crying out into the wilderness.
This disc has a very ambient feel. There are field recordings made in the villages of Mali, in the streets of Timbuktu, sometimes with legendary colleagues such as Ali Farka Toure, or on stage in concert with his daughter, Rokia Traore. You hear audiences celebrating an icon, you hear children listening in rapture. The wind, the dust, the sounds of Northern Africa blow mystically through this disc. It is a wonder.
Perhaps a DVD of this film will be released in North America. I am moved beyond words by the songs on this disc, the voice, the guitar playing. Do yourself an enormous spiritual favour, and pick this up. You'll never listen to music in the same way thereafter.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Buy his other CDs 16 Nov. 2005
By Yarrow Nelson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I love Boubacar, but this CD was disappointing. Most of the best songs on the CD I already have from his other CDs and those recordings are better. This one has a lot of noise from the movie that I could do without.

I HIGHLY recommend getting Karkar's other CDs: 'Sa Golo' and 'Macire'.

The DVD sounds great based on comments from the other reviewers - I would love to get a copy of that!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mesmerizing, Beautiful Music 18 Aug. 2003
By Film Aficionado - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is 62 and a half minutes of some of the most beautiful, mesmerizing music you are likely to hear. Fans of Toure and Malian music in general should rejoice. The film (by Jacques Sarasin) will be coming out in the US in early '04 -- it's also quite wonderful.
Great Music from Mali! 29 Mar. 2003
By Can Adiloglu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The album is great! Boubacar Traore is playing and signing with so strong emotions that you feel yourself to be in Timbuktu.
There are other famous musicians playing with him in this album, like Ali Farka Toure.
This is one of the best albums of a Malian that I listened to.
Such texture!! 18 Feb. 2014
By Geo - Published on
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I can listen to this recording over and over again. It has all the live charm of the movie itself. I am an admirer of Boubacar, he has such wells to draw from for his music, his culture, his faith, and a mixture of languages.
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