Foly! Live Around the World

Foly! Live Around the World

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by Habib Koité
     
 
It's hard to believe that Habib Koité & Bamada have only released three albums over the course of eight years together -- that's a remarkably small output for an African artist. But they've played a lot of gigs, and made themselves into one of the best units around, managing the excellent feat of sounding contemporary with (mostly) traditional instrumentation, and

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It's hard to believe that Habib Koité & Bamada have only released three albums over the course of eight years together -- that's a remarkably small output for an African artist. But they've played a lot of gigs, and made themselves into one of the best units around, managing the excellent feat of sounding contemporary with (mostly) traditional instrumentation, and keeping a Malian feel throughout the music, from early polemic hit "Cigarette Abana" onward. It's a pan-Malian sound, not drawing from any single regional tradition, but perfectly at home using calabash, kamele n'goni, and balafon together. The effect is wonderful, especially as he's surrounded himself with crack musicians who love to improvise, and use each song as a springboard to simply play -- only two cuts on this double CD are under five minutes, and five stretch past the ten-minute mark without ever seeming too long. There's nothing new in the material here, but that's fine; these performances show what a craftsman Koité is as a writer. He's no slouch as a guitarist either (he taught the instrument for several years) as he shows several times during the discs. Fluid and imaginative, his very Malian style referencing a few Western ideas, but different enough to keep the ears pulled back. Everyone gets a good workout on the lengthy "Kunfeta," where the band is introduced, and abilities really come to the fore, before the quieter encore "Takamba." Recorded in various European countries during 2002, this confirms Koité as a major Afro-pop star, someone who can hold his own on-stage with anyone in the world.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
World Village Usa
UPC:
0713746802127
catalogNumber:
468021
Rank:
106572

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Habib Koité   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Kélétigui Diabaté   Violin,Balafon
Souleymane Ann   Drums,Vocals,Calebasse
Abdoul Wahab Berthe   Bass,Vocals,Ngoni
Boubacar Sidibe   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Mahamadou Koné   Percussion

Technical Credits

Banning Eyre   Liner Notes
Habib Koité   Liner Notes
Daniel Boivin   Producer,Engineer
Michel DeBock   Producer
Philippe Content   Liner Notes
Nicolas Haber   Engineer
Suzan Cummings Maroni   Liner Notes
Daneil Boivin   Producer
Michel De Bock   Producer

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Foly! Live Around the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just saw Habib in concert last night. The group was amazing. They sound better in concert than on disc. The blend of traditionally Malian music and Western musical influences meld into phenomenal beats that make you feel. He captures the spirit of Mali with his music. Definitely pick up this album. It is well worth it.