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A work that displays Keita's "roots, trunk and branches",
By A Customer
This review is from: KEITA SALIF-FOLON...THE PAST (Audio CD)
Salif Keita has described his music as resembling a tree: the roots are the african tradition, the trunk is jazz and the branches are funk music. This album displays these aspects with all the confidence and diversity of a mature master. The opening track, Tekere, is an uplifting Afro-beat jive that gets you dancing in your head at the very least. The second track, Mandjour, is a re-working of an early Keita song that was a big african hit. The new version is atmospheric and funky with extended solos riding over the grooves. After a tour through a wide range of musical idioms, the album ends with two haunting, acoustic balads that demonstrate Salif Keita's authentic griot background to superb effect.