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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An early-'90s album from the great Salif Keita. This one pulls out all the stops to appeal to a Western audience at some level. Keita's vocals are, as always, outstanding. On top of this, though, a slew of performers make appearances and/or help out on production. Former bandmate Kante Manfila provides the primary guitar work for the album and master keyboardist Joe Zawinul both plays keyboards throughout and provides the production work. Also, balafon master Keletegui Diabate provides some outstanding work where needed. To top this, both Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter make appearances on their respective instruments within the structure of the album. As would be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An early-'90s album from the great Salif Keita. This one pulls out all the stops to appeal to a Western audience at some level. Keita's vocals are, as always, outstanding. On top of this, though, a slew of performers make appearances and/or help out on production. Former bandmate Kante Manfila provides the primary guitar work for the album and master keyboardist Joe Zawinul both plays keyboards throughout and provides the production work. Also, balafon master Keletegui Diabate provides some outstanding work where needed. To top this, both Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter make appearances on their respective instruments within the structure of the album. As would be expected, then, the album sounds wonderful. Zawinul's production shies away from being overly glossy, but has enough doctoring to blend the sounds together in just the right way. As far as Keita albums are concerned, this is one of the best, and as far as Afro-pop is concerned, this is also one of the best. Anyone looking to break into Afro-pop should pick this album up, as it combines the work of a true vocal master with the work of a number of musicians Western and African of the highest caliber to create a seamless work on the whole.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/16/1991
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 016253991026
  • Catalog Number: 539910
  • Sales rank: 113,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yele N Na (4:13)
  2. 2 Waraya (6:06)
  3. 3 Tono (5:31)
  4. 4 Kuma (5:00)
  5. 5 Nyanafin (5:41)
  6. 6 Karifa (4:06)
  7. 7 N'Bife (5:10)
  8. 8 Lony (7:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Salif Keita Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Bill Summers Percussion
Djanka Diabate Vocals, Background Vocals
Kante Manfila Guitar
Joe Zawinul Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jeff Baillard Guitar
Nayanka Bell Vocals, Background Vocals
Gary Bias Horn
Ray Brown Horn
Assitan Dembele Vocals, Background Vocals
Kélétigui Diabaté Balafon
Souleymanne Doumbia Percussion
Mamadou Doumbia Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Djene Doumbouya Vocals, Background Vocals
Assitan Keita Vocals, Background Vocals
Etienne Mbappe Bass Guitar, 6-string bass
Ron Mesa Trumpet
Cheick Tidiane Seck Keyboards
Paco Sery Drums
Ivan Zawinul Overdubs
Carlos Santana Guitar
Reggie C. Young Horn
Technical Credits
Salif Keita Composer
Joe Zawinul Arranger, Producer, Orchestration
Philippe Brun Engineer
Cheick Tidiane Seck Arranger
D.A. "Jumbo" Vanrenen Producer, Executive Producer
Ivan Zawinul Programming
Michel Lorentz Programming
Vincent Theard Programming
Phillippe Brun Engineer
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