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Segu Blue
     

Segu Blue

by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
 
The West African lute called the ngoni is a little akin to its descendent, the banjo. In music from the region, it is often employed as part of groups with additional instrumentation. Bassekou Kouyate, who's worked with many Malian greats, takes it out of this context by leading a band with no less than four ngonis and producing some of the loveliest music to come

Overview

The West African lute called the ngoni is a little akin to its descendent, the banjo. In music from the region, it is often employed as part of groups with additional instrumentation. Bassekou Kouyate, who's worked with many Malian greats, takes it out of this context by leading a band with no less than four ngonis and producing some of the loveliest music to come from the area in recent years. Some of it is quite dramatic, like the opener, "Tabali Te," but for the most part there is a gorgeous, lulling gentility to everything. The material is all original, but with a traditional spirit and with much derived from the repertoire of the griots. The big exception is "Lament for Ali Farka," an elegy to Kouyate's late employer, the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Another local guitar player, Lobi Traoré, is featured on "Banani," and singer Zoumana Tereta is a guest on several cuts, showing off a very impressive voice. Put it all together and you have a disc that's nothing short of stunning.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/20/2007
Label:
Out Here Records
UPC:
0880918073521
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
65696

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Performance Credits

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba   Primary Artist
Lobi Traoré   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Moussa Sissoko   Percussion
Bassekou Kouyate   N'Goni,Ngoni
Andra Kouyate   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Zoumana Tereta   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mobido Soumano   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Habib "Dia" Sangaré   Bolon,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Lucy Duran   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Bassekou Kouyate   Arranger,Composer
Yves Wernert   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Andra Kouyate   Composer

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