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Sa Golo [Import]

Boubacar Traore Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Label Bleu
  • ASIN: B00ET7QGS0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now. 12 Mar 2003
By Chris C
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's late at night and you want something soothing that doesn't go "bleep". Don't get me wrong, I like a lot of modern electronica but this is even more chilled. One man, a guitar and some percussion.
According to something I read, Boubacar Traore sits outside his house in the hills of Mali and sings about his country. This album is very evocative of that idea. You can imagine him sitting outside at dusk strumming a bluesy rhythm.
If you like Ali Farka Toure, you will like this too. They are in a very similar vein of West African guitar bluesmen. Buy this album now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality music 30 Aug 2013
By karim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Boubacar can make it whit style and quality the best possible music what one can wish. Just man, voice and guitar
in some tracks there are also calebass, but basically its just Kar Kar and his guitar
He is legend for reason.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Kar Kar Sing For you 8 Mar 2005
By "Ian Herrick" - Published on
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Kar Kar is an amazing musician. I speak about three words of Bamana ("Mousso," "Dounia," and "Jali"), but Kar Kar has me singing along on these great tunes.

Kar Kar's music is very different than Bambara and Mandinko jali (griot) music. He is not a jali, so while his lyrics may cover similar themes and his melodies and rhythms are definately African, he is freer to compose material in a different style and mood with a different goal in mind. If you go see Kar Kar perform, you will not see him praising noble members of his audience (there comes a point in every jali performance when members of the audience give money to the jalis in response to praises.) In this respect he is similar to Ali Farka Toure, who is also not of the griot class. But Toure is from a different part of Mali and a member of a different ethnic group (the Songhai). While both play music that can be called African blues, they have a completely different feel to them. Kar Kar's music is perhaps more subtle.

Kar Kar's guitar playing is stunning on all his albums. "Sa Golo" is no different. Listening to songs like "Dounia" (a variant of the Bambara love song "Diarabi")one can't help but wonder what influenced what: Does Kar Kar's music have a Spanish influence or is what we think of as Spanish actually African in origin? More likely, though, it that it is all a big interlocking tangle of influence-- African music and Arabic music influenced Spanish music, African music meshed with Spanish music to become the Caribean "Latin" sound which in turn became very popular in West Africa. All of these no doubt contribute to Kar Kar's music, but his guitar playing, with its crisp treble flourishes, solid bass rhythms, and clean melodic echoing of the vocals, is unique. Baba Drame's playing of the calabash perfectly accentuates Kar Kar's rhythms, making it quite danceable.

Even through the language barrier, one can sense that Kar Kar's music is about love -- love for his deceased wife, love for his dead brother, love for his country and his culture. The latter introduces a strong theme on this album with the songs "Sa Golo" and "Mouso Teke Soma Ye." Both of these deal with the exclusion of women from certain ceremonies. Kar Kar loves his country and his culture, but love can really hurt sometimes. Especially when part of what you love you don't agree with. You can hear in his voice how it pains him that his beautiful culture can be so unfair to women. "Mouso Teke Soma Ye" is a challenge to the traditional healers of his people, asking why women cannot be admitted to the secret societies when they give birth to the men who can.

Love also gives Kar Kar a wonderful feel for the blues. The two bluesiest songs on this album are "Ntaara Diagnamogo Fe" and "Je Chanterai Pour Toi" -- the latter sung in French. The first is one of the oldest blues stories around -- a man goes to see his girl but her papa chases him away. The second means "I will sing for you," and in it Kar Kar croons in his wonderful smoky voice, that if she knew how much he loved her, she would have to love him too. "Hold me in your arms," he sings, "I will sing for you."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Folksy, bluesy, and a little maudlin 24 Jan 2001
By Bruce Whitehouse - Published on
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Traore's recordings are usually about as minimal as can be: an acoustic guitar and a voice, both supplied by him. He's got a unique, distinctive style: his songs tend to be slow, his playing style crisp, and his voice plaintive. It makes for good listening on an occasional basis, but I find I can't listen to it very often. One song sounds very much like the next (does he even change keys?); he overindulges in sentimentality. Still, Traore's music is worth listening to, particularly for fans of Malian music. Look for the song "Santa Maria," which I have yet to find on a CD in the States, and also look for his life story as related to Lieve Joris in her travel memoir "Mali Blues." After I read about his life, I understood why his music is so sad.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Desert Blues Album 17 Nov 2013
By Sam Findler - Published on
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I would recommend this album to anyone. Boubacar plays guitar beautifully and his voice is ideal for the blues. The fact that this album is available for download is astounding as the cd and vinyl versions are only widely available now used (and often for a very high price). Don't miss the chance to hear one of the best albums from a veritable master of the desert blues.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 21 July 2013
By Cece Lang - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I play it over and over and over in my car! It arrived quickly, and it's in nice, good condition with nary a sratch and plays perfectly.
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