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on 14 February 2010
The three female Guinean voices of Sona, Sayon and Mama Diabate take turns on the lead vocal or delightful backing. The sound has a similar style to Malian music, with a lead singer and chorus singers adding to the catchy tunes.
The only other instruments are balafon, bolon (a bass) and acoustic guitar. These provide an excellent base for the singers and occassionally add flushing solos themselves.
The overall sound is laidback and delicate, the vocalists are allowed to be heard, at times restrained and less hard than the familiar griot style. The tunes are accessible and melodic. Some of the tracks are different versions of songs from Sona's solo albums, such as the catchy M'bote, this time lead by Sayon. You can hear the subtle difference in the singers. For example Mama's voice is more percussive, it pushes on the front edge of the word and is delivered in little bursts.
Utterly gorgeous and essential for any lover of Guinean or Malian music.
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