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Product details

  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Riverboat / World Music Network
  • ASIN: B0002U9KBI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Nafiya 5:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Djou 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Mama 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Diananko 5:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sabou 4:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Kenkan 5:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Moko 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Loniya 6:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Desole 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Biriya (Rhythmes Du Mandingue) 6:54£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Riverboat Records and World Music Network are proud to present Sabou by legendary West African singer and kora player Mory Kanté. Sabou is an all-acoustic release by the first African artist to sell a million singles, with "Yéké Yéké", which topped the European charts in 1988. An exceptionally talented griot from Guinea in West Africa and, back in the 1970s, a contemporary of Salif Keita in the Rail Band, Mory Kanté has produced a stunning new album of depth and poise that is both contemporary and modern while also being firmly grounded in his traditional griot roots.

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gaby on 30 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Nafiya, Djou, Mama, Diananko, Moko, Désolé, Kenkan, Biriya (rhytmes du mandingue) and Laniya propose one extraordinary instrumental interaction between the balafon, the African flute, the kora, the grin, the congas, djembe and the kesse-kesse it guides to you from its voice and the choruses of Mariamagbe Mama Keita.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Mory's roots 21 April 2005
By J. TIMMERMAN - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After doing a stint with the legendary Rail Band, Guinean kora player, balafon player and band leader Mory Kante zoomed onto the international stage 16 years ago with "Akwaba Beach", a bright chunky beautifully-produced album of dance tunes played by a large tight ensemble with a rich brass chorus. It took the European dance floors, especially in Paris, by storm. The single "Yeke Yeke" was the first by an African artist to sell over a million. The similar-styled funky albums that followed also had some great moments but eventually became so specifically dance-oriented that the African essence seemed to disappear altogether, and sterility began to take an upper hand.

So the fresh energy on this album is a welcome affirmation of a great musician gone full-circle. As another x-Rail Band singer Salif Keita did on his "Moffou" album, Mory Kante has put aside the big dance band sound and recorded a totally acoustic rootsy album that is one of his best yet! The dance element is still provided by a pulsating warm beat but this vibrant music really speaks with griot roots. Every track is an invitation to join in the fun, with compelling female backing vocals, sparkling kora and balafon riffs, colourful percussion, a sweet African flute and other instruments all jiving euphoniously together to create a veritable river of sound. The accompanying booklet describes the story each song tells, along with the instrumentation used.

Be swept away by this sublime feast.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fabulous 29 Mar 2005
By rm62 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is simply joyful in sound. The artist Mory Kante became famous releasing albums with electric instruments but grew up with very traditional music. This album is somewhat of a return to his roots, using almost all acoustic instruments for a more traditional sound. Granted, you have to be expecting an acoustic sound. The vocal choruses are gorgeous, too, but again, this is a different vocal style than is common in the US, so you have to be expecting and be open to a different sound. That being said, I thing this album is awesome. The rhythmic tapestries weaved by the instruments and voices are enticing. I'm actually involved in playing hand drums, and I enjoy playing along with some of the tracks on this CD. Overall, this is a well-composed, well-recorded collection of music, well worth a try if you're open to some high quality, acoustic, African music.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Superb!!! 15 Mar 2005
By peacemonger - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe that someone could give this great album only one star. I think that is only possible if the reviewer dislikes West African music to begin with.

This album is a wonderful example of West African music rooted firmly and deeply in the traditional music of the region. Traditional instruments are used throughout and the effect is enchanting.

Amazon, you really need to offer sound samples of this CD so that people can get an idea of what this outstanding album is about.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent, excellent, excellent ! 2 Aug 2005
By S. Monie - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album is beautiful from start to finish, although the songs do tend to blend together in a single listening. However, you can't go wrong with including EVERY cut in a mix. In fact, you must !
0 of 35 people found the following review helpful
...bleh. 19 Feb 2005
By Ali - Published on
Format: Audio CD
UGGG!!! I hated this! I felt as if I would rather listen to a dentest drilling.Take my advice and DO NOT BUY THIS!
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