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Salif Keita won international acclaim in 1987 with his masterpiece Soro, a brilliant fusion of the Malian musical tradition with modern technology. The follow-up, Ko-Yan, was disappointing since his voice seemed to have been sacrificed to insensitive production. It's therefore a pleasure to report that Amen was a great return to form, featuring highly melodic, hook-filled tracks with a sense of space, variety and danceability in which that mellifluous voice comes into its own. The tracks address contemporary issues such as the quest for democracy in West Africa in the song Waraya, but there are also beautiful love songs like the boyant Yele N Na, the rousing Karifa and the trilingual N B'i Fe. Throughout the album, producer Joe Zawinul harmoniously reconciles Keita's voice with breezy arrangements and the technical expertise of the jazz fusionists who assisted Keita in creating this rivetting slab of sound. The tasteful packaging includes French and English translations of the lyrics.
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Salif Keita won international acclaim in 1987 with his masterpiece Soro, a brilliant fusion of the Malian musical tradition with modern technology. The follow-up, Ko-Yan, was disappointing since his voice seemed to have been sacrificed to insensitive production.
It's therefore a relief to report that Amen was a great return to form, featuring highly melodic, hook-filled tracks with a sense of space, variety and dance friendly beats in which that mellifluous voice comes into its own.
The tracks address contemporary issues such as the quest for democracy in West Africa in the song Waraya, but there are also beautiful love songs like the buoyant Yele N Na, the rousing Karifa and the trilingual N B'i Fe.
Throughout the album, producer Joe Zawinul harmoniously reconciles Keita's voice with breezy arrangements and the technical expertise of the jazz fusionists who assisted Keita in creating this riveting slab of sound. The tasteful packaging includes French and English translations of the lyrics.
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on 20 August 2014
Wicked! My late husband was a great fan of Keita's music, but it took 15 years for me to appreciate his style, and boy, I am having daily does of Amen. I love it! It's compelling music.
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on 21 August 2015
Prompt delivery and as described
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