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M'Bemba

15 Dec. 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Release Date: 15 Dec. 2008
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Universal Music Jazz France
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  • Total Length: 1:04:29
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  • ASIN: B002YVAMOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,009 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Keita has belonged, and he has for quite a long time, to a select worldwide list of singers/songwriters whose influence in music has been profound and the quality of their output sheer beauty. And M'Bemba is ample proof that the source of his rich musical wealth is far from dry.

M'Bemba follows on the footsteps of his prior gem, Moffou, although M'Bemba is more joyous and capable of making the stiffest body dance with abandon.

Like Moffou, it is a set of traditionally conceived songs soaked in his Malian heritage, and maintaining and adding to form a tremendous core of musicians -Kante Manfila, Ousmane Kouyaté and Djelly Moussa Kouyaté along with Toumani Diabaté on kora, the great percussionist Mino Cinelu.

So the man so aptly called the "Golden Voice of Mali," proves this title fitting and shines throughout every one of these track, as he continues his inner journey home. Whether it is the tender "Bobo," the sensual cadence of "Laban, the hip-shaking grooves of "Calculer" and "Kamoukie," or the haunting beauty of the title track "M'Bemba."

Go and discover M'Bemba as soon as you can, and grab one of the market sellers' reasonably priced copies before they disappear, and you're facing the ungodly full price requested for an import copy. <
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "arakataca" on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is another gem from one of the few artists out of Africa whose voice embodies the suffering and thankfully the hope of a continent. The backing vocals are as fresh as in Soro and Keita's voice in Dery and Laban led by one if not the best guitarist of his generation and an old accomplice of Salif is as powerful as in Mandjou. The drums and vocals in Calculer are mesmerising. Keita invites us to look back at the great history of Africa. Don't wait!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt Ward on 20 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw Salif Keita at the barbican as part of the London Jazz festival very recently and had bought his album before. I can't really describe how great this album is, you just have to hear it. The West-African superstar's unique style blends all kinds of music - his native Mali, Jazz, Funk and even rock. He has probably the finest male voice in Africa. All the tracks are rich in percussion and masterful guitar playing as well as gorgeus singing. This latest album is a well-crafted masterpiece from one of musics true greats. Highly Recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Woodhouse on 30 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Keita has completed the move started with Mouffou and produced a glossy and slick album bouncing with rhythym and style. That is not to say it is lacking an authentic african feel, or over-produced (Youssou N'Dour take note).
Keita's voice remains the focus but with age it has lost some stridency and fits better with the softer tracks, and backing harmonies. Perhaps really lacking a standout moment but a very staisfying whole. If you like this then get 'Mouffou' and also try Cheikh Lo perhaps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Davids on 16 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
I like many people am/was fairly ignorant about world music, but I stumbled into Amadou and Mariam's Dimanche a Bamako, from that purchase Amazon pointed me in the direction of Salif Keita and M'Bemba.

I am very pleased with the result. Its a great listen after a bad day work, the rhythms have a great calming influence. After a good day it can lift you up even more. Its just a very good album with great vocals, great melodies, top notch!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Salif Keita's sublime musical creations transcend pigeon-holing as either "African" or "world music" and have earned him a place at the top table of important musical innovators of the past 30 years, now with true global appeal. This has been achieved without compromising the raw African core of the music, even when subtler influences of western harmonic structure and sophisticated tempo-changes make their presence felt - and perhaps take the music to a wider audience.

This excellent 2006 album was Salif's first to be recorded at his new studio in Bamako, on finally relocating to Mali after decades in exile in Paris.

Reportedly, "M'Bemba" means specifically "grandfather" or more generally "ancestor". In keeping with its immediate Paris-recorded predecessor "Moffou", this album contains distinctive griot-style pieces which feature musicians Dielly Moussa Kouyate, Jean-Louis Solans, Kante Manfila, Harouna Samake and others. Hadja Kouyate, Aida Khann and Djanka Diabate (with Altine Tamboura and Sirandou Sissiko on a couple of numbers) belt out delightfully harmonised choral lines to anchor the melodies over which the big man delivers his distinctively soulful vocals. The lyrics are sung in a combination of Bambara and French.

The album brings to mind the passionate intensity of "Soro", from the tuneful opener "Bobo" with its vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar lead, to the closer "Calculer." "Laban" in particular, with its mid-song key and tempo-change, has become a perennial stage favourite with its shiver-down-the-spine melody and powerfully delivered minor-key chorus. It's a real belter, and you'll play it again and again.
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