Ko-Yan

Ko-Yan

by Salif Keita
     
 

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From the voice of Mali comes this album, full of vaguely '80s synth work and Salif Keita's perfect brand of vocals. The album is a long distance from the Ambassadeurs days with Mory Kante and/or Kante Manfila, but it's worth hearing for the progression of Keita's sound. There is certainly a dichotomy on the

Overview

From the voice of Mali comes this album, full of vaguely '80s synth work and Salif Keita's perfect brand of vocals. The album is a long distance from the Ambassadeurs days with Mory Kante and/or Kante Manfila, but it's worth hearing for the progression of Keita's sound. There is certainly a dichotomy on the album between more traditional sounds, with cascading vocal lines from Keita coupled with largely traditional instruments, and the more modern side, with slightly more pop-oriented vocals coupled with synthesizers and electric guitars. The sound tends to alternate from one end of the spectrum to the other, showcasing a nice array of sounds for the listener. Any fan of Keita will be pleased by this effort, though fans of the other members of les Ambassadeurs as well as the Rail Band might note the absence of the other seminal players in the history of Malian music. Pick it up as a fan of Keita, as a fan of Malian music in general, or simply as a curious listener. Don't look to it expecting a rehashing of the old days, though.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Palm Pictures (Audio
UPC:
0660200211929
catalogNumber:
2119

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salif Keita   Primary Artist,Vocals
Djanka Diabate   Background Vocals
Ousmane Kouyate   Guitar
Hamid Bellocine   Trombone
Herve Bouffartigues   Keyboards
Stephane Dahas   Background Vocals
Souleymanne Doumbia   Percussion
Djene Doumbouya   Background Vocals
Alain Hatot   Saxophone
Freddy Houffepian   Trumpet
Assitan Keita   Background Vocals
Douglas Mbida   Background Vocals
Yves N'Djock   Guitar,Background Vocals
Hilaire Penda   Bass,Bass Guitar
Sydney Thiam   Percussion
Brice Wassy   Percussion,Drums,Rhythm

Technical Credits

Salif Keita   Composer
François Bréant   Arranger,Producer
David Crow   Illustrations
Brice Wassy   Arranger,Rhythm Consultant
Hervé Marignac   Engineer
Paul "Groucho" Smykle   Remixing

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