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Salif Keita Audio CD
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Salif Keita came into the world both cursed and blessed. With each new ordeal, its salvation; with each new obstacle, some inspired ruse or unstinting strength to continue his path. And here lies the enigma. For example, how could he accept being disowned by a father who refused the inevitability of an albino son? What reply could he give to face the hostility of his own caste when he, a ... Read more in Amazon's Salif Keita Store

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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000026FO7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,229 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wamba 4:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Soro (Afriki) 9:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Souareba 4:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sina (Soumbouya) 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cono 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sanni Kagniba 7:580.99  Buy MP3 

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Amazon.co.uk Review

Soro is the album that brought Salif Keita international stardom though he was already well-known in West Africa from his work with The Rail Band and Les Ambassadeurs. Keita's voice is in peak form, soaring and swooping with awe-inspiring power. For these sessions, Keita has gathered an all-star band that is innovative, solid and turn-on-a-dime tight. The production, state-of-the-art in 1987, sounds just as bright and fresh today. This CD draws its strength from the rich traditions of Malian culture, melded with cutting edge musical technology and a global outlook. All of the tracks on Soro are crucial, though the bittersweet "Cono" and the intricate and epic title track "Soro" (Afriki) are standouts. --Jeff Grubb

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Malian Music 26 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD
Soro turned into a great hit for Salif Keita in the late 1980s and was the album that established him on the international scene. Keita¹s music is a successful blend of the traditional griot style with influences from Latin America and other West African pop styles. The female backup singers play a prominent role in the arrangements, at least equal to Keita's own searing vocals.
The music is a happy mix of percussion, bass, guitar, congas, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and keyboards. Soro (Afriki) is a long piece in three parts with different percussive tempos and instrumental breaks. Souareba is a particularly moving song with a spiritual undertone, orchestral arrangement and soaring vocals.
Sina (Soumbouya) is a more traditional piece with a bubbling rhythm, flashes of trumpet and the intricate vocal interplay. With its slower pace and gently lilting rhythm, Cono is a soulful ballad with a lovely melody, whilst the mournful Sanni Kegniba is more traditional with intense soaring vocals.
Soro from 1987 is considered his masterpiece but I like Keita¹s albums Amen and The Mansah Of Mali even more for their greater variety. This however remains a classic of African crossover music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better every time 23 July 2004
By Zamby
Format:Audio CD
Salif Keita has been accused of abandoning his African style to adopt the electronic backing so prominent on this (and other albums of the same time). At first, I agreed, but after listening to this many times, and seeing Salif perform these tracks live, I have to say the reason this works so well is that, unlike many other world music offerings, this backing is all African. You will not find programmed accompaniement like this anywhere else I know of. In addition, there is a real horn section, fantastic guitars, Salif's amazing voice, and the best female backing group since Bob Marley's Wailers. You might not 'get it' the first time, but keep coming back, it's great stuff. It will have you dancing, dreaming and realising (when you read the words) that Salif is 100% African genius.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you buy only one Afican album... 14 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, that is not entirely true - there is lots of excellent African music. But this record is a real standout: at 37 minutes it might seem a little short but every minute counts. Soro (Afriki) is one of the most magnificent pieces of music you are ever likely to hear: a three-part wonder construction that virtually creates a style to itself with its perceptive use of modern instruments and driving horns. Cono is sublime and Sina grabs you right from the outset. Keita's voice is true heaven, going from intense shout to Islamic wailing; and always tastefully. For heaven's sake, buy this album: it is worth every scant little penny, he has never matched it since.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great voice 28 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Salif Keita has a great voice, but this album will take a few listenings before I make a judgement on the content
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album 3 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Recently repurchased this album. Still as good as I remember and remains fresh with some wonderful sounds. A highly recommended album.
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