Afriki

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
In the six years since Mali's Habib Koite released his last new studio album, he developed a reputation in the West as one of his country's greatest cultural exports. On Afriki, Koite has fine-tuned his carefully manicured approach to melodic, acoustic-based songs of deep personal and global meaning. Always an engaging singer and songwriter, Koite's guitar is on equal footing here; his playing and the overall musicianship of his band, Bamada, outshines anything they offered in their previous outings. Koite exhibits a newfound sensitivity in his playing, always intricate, evocative, rhythmic and moving. Some of the instrumental work is reminiscent of the folk guitar styles...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
In the six years since Mali's Habib Koite released his last new studio album, he developed a reputation in the West as one of his country's greatest cultural exports. On Afriki, Koite has fine-tuned his carefully manicured approach to melodic, acoustic-based songs of deep personal and global meaning. Always an engaging singer and songwriter, Koite's guitar is on equal footing here; his playing and the overall musicianship of his band, Bamada, outshines anything they offered in their previous outings. Koite exhibits a newfound sensitivity in his playing, always intricate, evocative, rhythmic and moving. Some of the instrumental work is reminiscent of the folk guitar styles of the '60s, but on tracks like the exquisite "N'Teri," a simple song of thanks, Koite brings in lush orchestration and background vocalists, as well as an array of native African instruments such as the balofon and n'goni. Other tracks, among them the album-opening "Namania" and "Africa" (with horns arranged by James Brown veteran Pee Wee Ellis), a song calling for African self-reliance, apply Koite's guitar, soulful voice and the gap-filling backup singers to a more polyrhythmic setting. "Fimani" reunites Mali with the blues it spawned, while the closing "Titati" is a solo showcase for Koite's lone (but never lonesome) guitar. Some may say that the key to Koite's escalating popularity lies in an eagerness to look outside of Mali for ideas to incorporate with his own; that may be so, but that's not such a bad thing at all if the result is an uplifting, empowering world music that truly does bring together so much of the world, in such a warm and enchanting way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • UPC: 890846001053
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 55,817

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Namania - Bamada (4:11)
  2. 2 N'Tesse - Bamada (4:33)
  3. 3 Africa - Bamada (4:51)
  4. 4 Fimani - Bamada (4:28)
  5. 5 N'Ba - Bamada (4:40)
  6. 6 Mali Ba - Bamada (4:44)
  7. 7 Barra - Bamada (3:48)
  8. 8 N'Teri - Bamada (4:36)
  9. 9 Nta Dima - Bamada (3:05)
  10. 10 Massakè - Bamada (3:53)
  11. 11 Titati - Bamada (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Habib Koité Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Pee Wee Ellis Saxophone
Kélétigui Diabaté Violin, Balafon
Steve Ferraris Conga
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone
Jan Jacobs Alto
Abdoul Wahab Berthe Bass, Background Vocals, Ngoni
Andra Kouyate Ngombi
Boubacar Sidibe Guitar, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Mahamadou Koné Doum-doum, talking drum
Dobet Gnahore Drums
Françoise Derissen Violin
Madou Sanogo Djembe
Technical Credits
Pee Wee Ellis Horn Arrangements
Benogo Diakite Contributor
Habib Koité Composer
Lane Gibson Engineer
Michel DeBock Executive Producer
Geneviève Bruyndonckx Executive Producer
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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    This artist is incredibly talented. The band is amazing. I cou

    This artist is incredibly talented. The band is amazing. I could listen to this every day!

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