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  • Audio CD (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00000JRLX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Queen Bee
2. Tunkaranke
3. Ol' Georgie Buck
4. Kulanjan
5. Fanta
6. Guede Man Na
7. Catfish Blues
8. K'an Ben
9. Take This Hammer
10. Atlanta Kaira
11. Mississippi-Mali Blues
12. Sahara

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(1999 'Rykodisc') (59:04/12) Nach Johnny Copelands '85er LP 'Bringing It All Back Home' ein weiterer gelungener Versuch, die Musik der Vorväter mit afro-amerikanischer Musiktradition zu verknüpfen. Und wer sollte das besser können, als Taj Mahal, Synonym für schwarze Musikkultur im weißen Kulturkreis?! Die Sessions fanden in Georgia statt und belegen hörbar die Ursprünge des Blues in der Musik Westafrikas. Ein schönes Stück World Music / after Copeland's lp from '85 that was recorded in Africa, this is another African-American project. And who could do this better than Taj Mahal who appears to be today's personification of afro-american tradition. Musicians from Mali were brought into a studio in Georgia, and the results are amazing. Maybe sort of a missing link between African, and American musical culture has been found. Great world music.Medium 1
  1. Queen Bee
  2. Tunkaranke
  3. Ol' Georgie Buck
  4. Kulanjan
  5. Fanta
  6. Guede Man Va
  7. Catfish Blues
  8. K'an Ben
  9. Take This Hammer
  10. Atlanta Kaira
  11. Mississippi-Mali Blues
  12. Sahara

Amazon.co.uk Review

Perennial blues road warrior Taj Mahal and Malian kora (harp-lute) ambassador Toumani Diabate join forces, blend textures, and intermingle idioms on this cleanly produced 12-song set, recorded in 1998 in Athens. Their common ground is best tilled on "Atlanta Kaira" and the title track, where the plucky filigrees and glittering tone of the kora sound right at home with Taj's darker, barking National Reso-Phonic steel. "Ol' Georgie Buck" and their canny cover of Muddy Waters's "Catfish Blues" are the album's blues banners, which find Diabate's kora delightfully incongruous, while the walking African ballad "Tunkaranke" leans most heavily toward the motherland. Fleshed out with fine vocals by Taj, Kasse Mady Diabate, and Malian chanteuse Ramata Diakate ("Queen Bee"), and other African instruments, the sound is defiantly acoustic, intimate, and surprisingly true. --James Rotondi

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Aug. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was expecting another good ol' blues album from Taj Mahal which would have been well worth waiting for anyway. Instead, I got one of those records that are very few and far between - one which made you sit down and really listen to every single second. This is not music just to have on in the background. This is music that should be given out free on the national health to make people feel better.
Friends who had never heard of Taj Mahal were stopped in their tracks and asked for the volume to be turned up so that they listen more closely to the fantastic sounds.
Taj, give us more of the same please soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martyn VINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Toumani Diabate, and was intrigued to hear how this collaboration worked.

Overall it's an album worth getting, but less for the collaboration than when the African musicians and influences are firmly on top, such as the wonderful 'Kalanjan' and 'Guede Man Na'.

Some of the tracks heavily featuring Taj Mahal don't really work, in particular 'Ol Georgie Buck', in which a slightly ramshackle backing appears to bear no relation to what Taj is singing over the top.

I wonder whether they really gave themselves enough time prior to the recording to create a genuine fusion, as was achieved with the brilliant Afrocubism album.

I'd say if you're a fan of Toumani, ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, the wonderful vocalist Kassé Mady Diabate et al, this album is still worth getting - you just might end up skipping 2-3 of the tracks...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 15 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This CD is the result of a musical meeting between the blues of Taj Mahal and a Malian traditional Kora player, Diabate.In the somewhat breathless insert it describes this as being a revelation to Taj Mahal of the real West African origins of blues music. At times the two do make great music, rhythyms and voices combining in synergy on the more traditional African tracks particularly well. The more 'blues' based tracks seem less convincing and Toumani's musicianship feels tacked on rather than fully integrated. Try the more traditional recordings of instrumental Kora music if this intrigues, especially 'New Ancient Strings' with Ballake Sissoko
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I heard this playing at a recording studio in Perigord & had to get a copy for myself. Led me to research more of Taj Mahal's work. I already had stuff from Diabate.
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