Moffou

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Salif Keita is bound to please legions of fans with Moffou, a breathtaking predominately acoustic album that feels classic from the first notes. The always adventurous Keita, cosmopolitan African ambassador to the core, has often traded on experiments, from the suave francofonie of Sosie to the blistering Funkadelicized rock of Papa. But on Moffou, he plays to his strengths: his earthy brand of pan-Africanism, a rock-solid band, and the gorgeous ululations that earned him the sobriquet "the Golden Voice of Mali" -- all of which are in full effect on the addictive "Yamore," which features Cape Verde's queen of morna, Cesaria Evora. Mysterious and stately with his ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Salif Keita is bound to please legions of fans with Moffou, a breathtaking predominately acoustic album that feels classic from the first notes. The always adventurous Keita, cosmopolitan African ambassador to the core, has often traded on experiments, from the suave francofonie of Sosie to the blistering Funkadelicized rock of Papa. But on Moffou, he plays to his strengths: his earthy brand of pan-Africanism, a rock-solid band, and the gorgeous ululations that earned him the sobriquet "the Golden Voice of Mali" -- all of which are in full effect on the addictive "Yamore," which features Cape Verde's queen of morna, Cesaria Evora. Mysterious and stately with his distinctive albino complexion, Keita at last radiates these qualities on disc, thanks to the sympathetic production that emphasizes the timeless qualities of Malian music. Hey, it worked for Ali Farka Toure. His longtime guitar-hero compatriots, Kante Manfila and Djelly Moussa Kouyate, are remarkably restrained throughout Moffou, speaking of time, distance, desert light, and heat with the occasional shimmering glissando. The wide-open spaces give Keita's voice -- whether a falsetto whisper on "Iniagibe," a strident muezzin wail on "Madan," or pushing along a subtly hypnotic groove on "Moussoulou" -- its proper berth. Much as Keita and Afro-pop fans loved his work with Joe Zawinul, Vernon Reid, Wayne Shorter, and others, this is the way he should be heard. Welcome home, Salif Keita.
All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Sometimes a return to basics can be the best way for an artist to move forward. For Salif Keita, that's definitely the case with Moffou. In spite of using a hefty number of musicians 17, plus six backing vocalists, the sound is very stripped-down. Even the supple electric guitar work of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté is mellow and low-key. The real beauty here is Keita's voice, carefully framed and used to maximum effect. High, almost piercing, it's a gorgeous instrument that can ride and transform a melody, whether the lulling gentleness of "Yamore" or the more upbeat -- but never frenzied -- "Iniagige." Overall, it's a record of swaying, seductive gentleness, one perfectly suited to Keita's style. After a few artistic missteps, he needs an album like this to reaffirm who he is and give a renewal to his sound. While it's strongly rooted, it's by no means strictly a Malian roots album; that's never been all of his music by any means. While ineffably West African, there's a lovely light sheen to the production that could only be European, and serves the sound well, smoothing it out but never losing the intimate flavor that's at the album's heart. Moffou reaffirms Keita's star status, and his reputation as one of the world's most glorious voices.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 044001690624
  • Catalog Number: 016906
  • Sales rank: 107,430

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yamore (7:40)
  2. 2 Iniagige (4:30)
  3. 3 Madan (6:07)
  4. 4 Katolon (7:00)
  5. 5 Souvent (3:08)
  6. 6 Moussoldu (4:57)
  7. 7 Baba (4:39)
  8. 8 Ana Na Ming (6:15)
  9. 9 Koukou (6:11)
  10. 10 Here (9:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Salif Keita Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kante Manfila Acoustic Guitar
Cesária Évora Vocals
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Souleymanne Doumbia Conga
Guy N'Sangue Electric Bass
Djeli Moussa Kouyaté Electric Guitar
Benoît Urbain Accordion
Arnaud Devos Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Gong, Marimbas, Steel Drums, Zheng
Guy Sangue Electric Bass
Hadja Kouyate Background Vocals
David Aubaile Flute
Jean-Louis Solans Cavaquinho
Sayon Sissoko N'Goni
Technical Credits
Salif Keita Producer, Liner Notes
Kante Manfila Arranger
Stephanie Caisson Engineer
Daniel Richard Executive Producer
Freddy Zerbib Producer
Timour Cardenas Engineer
Jean Lamoot Producer
Jérôme Witz Paintings
Laurent Bizot Legal Advisor
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