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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: World Village Usa
  • UPC: 713746802127
  • Catalog Number: 468021
  • Sales rank: 171,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Muso Ko - Habib Koite & Bamada (10:58)
  2. 2 Fatma - Habib Koite & Bamada (9:28)
  3. 3 Ma Ya - Habib Koite & Bamada (10:06)
  4. 4 Sirata - Habib Koite & Bamada (6:42)
  5. 5 Batoumambe - Habib Koite & Bamada (4:15)
  6. 6 Bitile - Habib Koite & Bamada (8:51)
  7. 7 Imada - Habib Koite & Bamada (7:06)
  8. 8 Kanawa - Habib Koite & Bamada (6:38)
  9. 9 Wari - Habib Koite & Bamada (7:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nanale - Habib Koite & Bamada (8:18)
  2. 2 Komine - Habib Koite & Bamada (10:06)
  3. 3 Nimato - Habib Koite & Bamada (12:02)
  4. 4 Saramaya - Habib Koite & Bamada (7:06)
  5. 5 Sin Djen Djen - Habib Koite & Bamada (6:22)
  6. 6 Wassiye - Habib Koite & Bamada (6:53)
  7. 7 Cigarette Abana - Habib Koite & Bamada (6:20)
  8. 8 Kunfeta - Habib Koite & Bamada (16:14)
  9. 9 Takemba - Habib Koite & Bamada (4:42)
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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, Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!

    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.

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