In Griot Time: String Music From Mali

In Griot Time: String Music From Mali

     
 

This CD conveys the aural tale of American musician and journalist Banning Eyre's African odyssey, chronicled in his book In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mail. And seven months spent studying guitar with Djelimady Tounkara, the leader and guitarist of the Super Rail Band, have resulted in a sparkling CD which ably captures the essence of African music.…  See more details below

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This CD conveys the aural tale of American musician and journalist Banning Eyre's African odyssey, chronicled in his book In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mail. And seven months spent studying guitar with Djelimady Tounkara, the leader and guitarist of the Super Rail Band, have resulted in a sparkling CD which ably captures the essence of African music. Some of Mali's biggest names feature among the 19 collected artists here (such as Salif Keita and Oumou Sangare, who perform highly polished studio pieces), as well as a host of newer talents, many recorded by Eyre while on the road. His live recording of Lobi Traore's histrionic guitar work on "Maby Djoudon Don" is an excellent example, evoking images of Hendrix or Frampton in their prime. Basekou Kouyate's playful bluegrass duet with banjoist Dirck Westervelt is another highlight, as is Toumani Diabate's "Sema" -- seven and a half minutes of spontaneous creativity recorded in Diabate's home. The album captures both acoustic and electric-driven performances; however, the best experience can be obtained by listening to the CD while reading the book to paint a full and vivid picture of Malian culture -- unless listeners can travel to Mali and undertake a guitar apprenticeship themselves, of course.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/18/2000
Label:
Stern's Africa
UPC:
0740042108929
catalogNumber:
1089

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Super Rail Band   Track Performer
Djelimady Tounkara   Guitar
Banning Eyre   Guitar
Toumani Diabaté   Track Performer
Habib Koité   Track Performer
Sibiri Samake   Track Performer
Dirck Westervelt   Banjo,Guitar
Bassekou Kouyate   Ngoni
Adama Younkara   Ngoni
Adama Tounkara   Ngoni
Yayi Kanoute   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Jones   Mastering
Salif Keita   Engineer
Ali Farka Touré   Engineer
Oumou Sangare   Engineer
Sali Sidibe   Engineer
Djelimady Tounkara   Engineer
Banning Eyre   Engineer,Liner Notes,Author,Book
Kandia Kouyate   Engineer
Amadou Traore   Arranger
Lobi Traoré   Engineer
Yay's Praise   Contributor

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