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Good but not brilliant
on 29 June 2011
I am a big fan of Toumani Diabate, and was intrigued to hear how this collaboration worked.
Overall it's an album worth getting, but less for the collaboration than when the African musicians and influences are firmly on top, such as the wonderful 'Kalanjan' and 'Guede Man Na'.
Some of the tracks heavily featuring Taj Mahal don't really work, in particular 'Ol Georgie Buck', in which a slightly ramshackle backing appears to bear no relation to what Taj is singing over the top.
I wonder whether they really gave themselves enough time prior to the recording to create a genuine fusion, as was achieved with the brilliant Afrocubism album.
I'd say if you're a fan of Toumani, ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate, the wonderful vocalist Kassé Mady Diabate et al, this album is still worth getting - you just might end up skipping 2-3 of the tracks...