La Différence

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Salif Keita turned 60 in 2009, which was also the year in which the veteran Malian singer recorded most of La Différence (although parts of the album were recorded in 2008). At that age, Keita had nothing left to prove; he had long since established himself as a major figure in Mali's Afro-pop scene. But his desire to excel remained, and he is in fine form throughout La Différence. In contrast to all the keyboards and synthesizers he used back in the 1980s, La Différence has a largely acoustic outlook -- not exclusively acoustic, but largely acoustic. Although some electric instruments are used (including electric guitar and Hammond B-3 organ), acoustic instruments are ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Salif Keita turned 60 in 2009, which was also the year in which the veteran Malian singer recorded most of La Différence (although parts of the album were recorded in 2008). At that age, Keita had nothing left to prove; he had long since established himself as a major figure in Mali's Afro-pop scene. But his desire to excel remained, and he is in fine form throughout La Différence. In contrast to all the keyboards and synthesizers he used back in the 1980s, La Différence has a largely acoustic outlook -- not exclusively acoustic, but largely acoustic. Although some electric instruments are used (including electric guitar and Hammond B-3 organ), acoustic instruments are more prominent. And all those acoustic instruments -- which range from horns to oud (an Arabic lute) to upright bass -- do a lot to give this 49-minute CD its earthy, rootsy character. La Différence is not an album of traditional Malian music; this is modern Malian pop, with a strong Western influence and an obvious appreciation of American blues and R&B as well as French chanson (Mali, after all, is among the Francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa). But the influence of traditional Malian music is also quite strong, and that East/West blend yields memorable results on haunting tracks such as "Gaffou," "Ekolo d'Amour," "San Ka Na," and "Samiga." Malian music -- both traditional Malian music and contemporary Malian pop -- has long been known for its haunting quality, which this recording most certainly has. La Différence falls shorts of essential, but even so, this excellent album paints a consistently appealing picture of Keita at 59 and 60.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Emarcy
  • UPC: 042288240273
  • Catalog Number: 001438602
  • Sales rank: 158,127

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Différence (4:07)
  2. 2 San Ka Na (5:28)
  3. 3 Seydou (6:04)
  4. 4 Gaffou (7:42)
  5. 5 Folon (3:53)
  6. 6 Ekolo D'amour (3:55)
  7. 7 Djélé (4:15)
  8. 8 Samiga (7:09)
  9. 9 Papa (6:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Salif Keita Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Kante Manfila Guitar
Kélétigui Diabaté Balafon
Souleymanne Doumbia Percussion
Bill Frisell Guitar
Souleymane Kouyate N'Goni
Guy N'Sangue Bass
Jannick Top Bass
Patrick Warren Piano
Jay Bellerose Drums
Patrick Goraguer Percussion, Piano
Djeli Moussa Kouyaté Guitar
Vincent Segal Cello
Diane Solo Background Vocals
Mehdi Haddab Oud
Jules "Bin Jami" Bikoko Double Bass
Ibrahim Maalouf Trumpet
Oliza Background Vocals
Georges Yammine Alto
Patrice Renson Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Hammond B3
Anis Hawi Violin
Maimouna Keita Background Vocals
Antoine Khalife Violin
Mamadou Koné Percussion, Calebasse
Diarra Keita Background Vocals
Salimata Keita Background Vocals
David Plitch Double Bass
Seb Martel Guitar
Julia Sarr Background Vocals
Sebastian Quezada Percussion, Vibes
Badier Tounkara N'Goni
Angela Hounanian Cello
Nassira Keita Background Vocals
Nana Kouyaté Background Vocals
Mona Smaan Violin
Michel Kheirallah Violin
Technical Credits
Salif Keita Composer
Joe Henry Producer
Kante Manfila Arranger
Jean-Philippe Allard Executive Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Stuart Bruce Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Ibrahim Maalouf String Contractor
Patrice Renson Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Karim Sai Engineer
Yann Ollivier Executive Producer
Lucas Chauvière Engineer
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    Wonderful, uplifting, the giver of hope.

    Wonderful, uplifting, the giver of hope.

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