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Salif Keita's Latest Gift Of Malian Folk,
This review is from: M'Bemba (Audio CD)
Keita has belonged, and he has for quite a long time, to a select worldwide list of singers/songwriters whose influence in music has been profound and the quality of their output sheer beauty. And M'Bemba is ample proof that the source of his rich musical wealth is far from dry.
M'Bemba follows on the footsteps of his prior gem, Moffou, although M'Bemba is more joyous and capable of making the stiffest body dance with abandon.
Like Moffou, it is a set of traditionally conceived songs soaked in his Malian heritage, and maintaining and adding to form a tremendous core of musicians -Kante Manfila, Ousmane Kouyat√© and Djelly Moussa Kouyat√© along with Toumani Diabat√© on kora, the great percussionist Mino Cinelu.
So the man so aptly called the "Golden Voice of Mali," proves this title fitting and shines throughout every one of these track, as he continues his inner journey home. Whether it is the tender "Bobo," the sensual cadence of "Laban, the hip-shaking grooves of "Calculer" and "Kamoukie," or the haunting beauty of the title track "M'Bemba."
Go and discover M'Bemba as soon as you can, and grab one of the market sellers' reasonably priced copies before they disappear, and you're facing the ungodly full price requested for an import copy. <