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Mali To Memphis: An African-American Odyssey;Putumayo Presents

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Product details

  • Audio CD (14 May 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo
  • ASIN: B00000GWYD
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mon Amour, Ma Cherie - Amadou And Mariam
  2. I'm In The Mood - John Lee Hooker
  3. Sirata - Habib Koite
  4. Sabali - Rokia Traore
  5. You Don't Know My Mind - Guy Davis
  6. Kar Kar Madison - Boubacar Traore
  7. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down - Eric Bibb
  8. Dounouya - Lobi Traore
  9. My Home Is In The Delta - Muddy Waters
  10. Standing In My Doorway Crying - Jessie Mae Hemphill
  11. Sabari - Baba Djan
  12. Queen Bee - Taj Mahal

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A fine album contrasting contemporary African music with Afro-American blues. Ostensibly both from a common root, the modern African music frequently sounds more complex, subtle and generally more modern than the blues tracks chosen for this album. Indeed the commonalties are at times difficult to discern but the package works well in the main and is worth an extended listen.
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A wide range of styles typical of both continents. Very easy listening with plenty to appreciate. Having first heard it by chance played in a CD shop I continue to enjoy it.
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great album
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ac92870) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ac7a6a8) out of 5 stars I really love this CD 24 May 2003
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the music of Mali--the home of Timbuktu and some really amazing musicians. Their music and its five-tone scale is supposed to be the roots of the Blues. Though the slave trade was mostly a coastal event (Mali is land-locked), wars in the area resulted in prisoners who ended up on slave ships heading for America. The rich Mali music tradtion may have created our American blues.
Here, side by side, Mali musicians play their music with a mix of electric guitar and traditional harp-lute along with cuts by John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. The music is arranged cleverly--you can hear the similarities quite clearly. But aside from being interesting historically, this music is just plain great to hear. The cd has fascinating liner notes, too.
I've already played this twice through just out of the box, and I know this is going to be one of my play-all-the-time CD's.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2290b4) out of 5 stars This album is a classic addition to any blues collection. 9 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Putumayo unveils the connection between Mali and Memphis that was always there but not always sufficiently appreciated. I find myself listening to the almost hypnotic track "Mon Amour, Ma Cherie" over and over. Johnny Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters never sounded better. Absolutely beautiful! Triumph and strength over sadness!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b431ae0) out of 5 stars A great mixture of artists and songs 3 May 2001
By Paul H. Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like Putumayo discs, this one is a must-have! The collection of artists is spectacular and the music is upbeat and easy to listen to. I've given this disc to people that have never heard of Putumayo nor own anything quite like this and the response has always been positive.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b266b88) out of 5 stars African Culture Across the Atlantic 5 Mar. 2002
By Zekeriyah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When many westerners think of African music, they expect something exotic, something primitive, something mysterious. Yet for all their expectations, few Americans seem to realize that they are sitting on a goldmine of African traditions. The African musical traditions served to feed what would develop into the traditions of Blues, Jazz, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Gospel, Salsa and the like. And the purpose of this particular CD is to explore the African roots of the Blues.
Like most Putumayo CDs, this one jumps from Mali to the US, back to Mali (and neghboring Guinea), and to the US again. However, this only serves to show the similarities between these two musical traditions. Excellent selections from big namessuch as John Lee Hooker, Habib Koite, Muddy Waers, Taj Mahal, Rokia Traore and Boubacar Traore characterize this CD. The music, whether Mande or southern, always maintains a uniquely Blues feel to it.
And, as an added bonus to Blues fans, this CD really expands the entire genere. Compare John Lee Hooker's "I'm in the Mood" to Taj Mahal's "Queen Bee" and you'll see what I mean.
HASH(0x8b6ee804) out of 5 stars Nevah Hear? Come!! 24 Jun. 2013
By Alan Cherney - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a lot to think about when you hear this Cd, which is a classic, worldwide. I am not sure what will stay with you. Some of the African musicians are surprisingly worthwhile, and take your spirit to places you've never dreamed of. If you vibe with the blues, you will really like Eric Bibb, Guy Davis. You probably already heard plenty of Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson, but never better than on this one. This is a disc that can "get you through a season of Life" and some of you will benefit, emotionally, by how this music moves you from the place where you were, to the next level. Guaranteed. You can grow from this one. One of the main "sins" of racial thinking in our lives is, that many of us raised in the Great Middle Class are hidden from the Great Genius of these folks. They have something essential to give to our imagination. Open your mind and step into this room with both feet. If you're not changed by it, for the better, you can always back out and stay the same. Love.
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