on 15 May 2003
due to it's nature as the soundtrack to a film about the life and music of the great Mali bluesmand Boucacar Traore and also the music of Mali itself this album has a wonderful half joined feel, most of the songs on it are recorded live and often include sounds from the documentary which run into one another making the listener feel more like he is journying through the music, not just sitting still and listening to an album.
the music itself is of a very high quality, mixing the blues and more traditional mali music perfectly to form something which to the western ear is wonderfully relaxing, somewhat like those relaxation tapes of sea sounds, but with high quality music instead. Nor is it all the same artist, for whilst Traore features on all tracks he plays a number of duets, including three with Ali Farka Toure (who's album 'talking timbuctoo' with Ry Cooder i would also very much recommend). Their are also two songs from Traore's earlier carreor in the sixties where he was portrayed as independant malis answer to rock and roll.
This album is also wonderfully packaged with very good liner notes in both english and french telling you about each of the songs and about the man himself. There are many photos which help further the image of the music the album puts together as well.
I highly recomend this CD for anybody who is looking for a relaxing alternternative to just about anything modern life has to offer.
on 13 March 2008
I've had 'The Best of . .' and 'Macire' for a while, and love them, particularly 'Macire'. I hesitated for ages to buy this thinking that, being a film soundtrack, it wouldn't match the others.
But it's wonderful, and is now my favourite.
If you appreciate the music of Boubacar Traore at all, you will love this.
Dreamy and contemplative - West Africa at its best.