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Talé

27 Feb 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 12 Nov 2012
  • Label: Wrasse Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Universal Classics & Jazz France
  • Total Length: 50:19
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  • ASIN: B00BPQB052
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,863 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar 2013
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In its eclectic mix of Mali `griot', Paris jazz, blues, folk and occasional symphonic elements Salif Keita's music has long defied pigeon-holing as simply `West African'. The uniquely infectious concoction typically mixes traditional Mali instrumentation and rhythms with the guitars, keyboards and brass of western jazz and pop, and has become the internationally recognised `sound of Mali'. At age 63, Salif Keita is at the top of his game and deservedly feels confident enough to branch out.

Like Moffou, M'Bemba and La Difference, Keita's 20th album release `Tale' was recorded at Moffou Studio in Bamako, this time produced by Philippe Cohen-Solal. This 2013 collection is a departure from Keita's recent work in that the songs are predominately joyous, get-up-and-dance numbers characteristic of his stage performances. Conspicuously absent are the more introspective, soulful pieces found on previous albums.

As with the later-in-life work of Carlos Santana or (the late, great) John Lee Hooker, `Tale' features celebrity-guest appearances to add interesting flavours to the mix. Bobby McFerrin performs a vocal duo in `Simby', McFerrin's baritone complementing Keita's tenor over insistent percussion and synthesizer, the result more McFerrin in character than Keita. Young American jazz impresario Esperanza Spalding sings and plays bass on the closing track `Cherie S'en Va', and South London hip-hopper Roots Manuva helps drive along the delightfully danceable `C'est bon, C'est bon'. Latin American rhythms are in evidence on many numbers. A minor delight is `Natty', with lyrics sung in simple French ("Je t'aime Maman, Je t'aime Papa") by Salif's youngest daughter in a top-20-style pop song about how cool her father is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By One more opinion on 23 Jun 2013
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Salif goes for the big western influence again after some stunning back to basics Mali roots releases.
It's not terrible and under all the keyboards and beats the songs sound great. Some wonderful backing singing and the odd bit of n'goni shows through.

It suffers from being over produced, thanks to Philippe Cohen Solal who I believe did that 'world dance tango thing' Gotan Project, a few years back.

There are a few guests that just don't really add much - Roots Manuva adding some banal rap to the reggae tinged C'est Bon, C'est Bon. Esperanza Spalding makes a rather dreadful appearance on the closing track Cherie S'en Va. All coquettish child like vocals to Salif's ageing vocal - a little disturbing really. The best guest is Bobby McFerrin on Simby as he just adds his unique vocal percussion.

One of Salif's many children, Natty Keita adds her sweet vocals to Natty.
Overall, it's okay but doesn't really make a great cross over dance album and is miles away from his greatest stuff.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Lovelace on 24 April 2013
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Originally heard a single track on BBC R3's "Late Junction" now hooked on the whole. All tracks are wonderfully similar and diverse and foot tapping and body moving.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine on 18 April 2013
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Salif Keita's music is full of life and feeling. Saw him playing in London years ago, he is brilliant !
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Bedari on 22 July 2014
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Brilliant!
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