Segu Blue

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • Label: Out Here Records
  • UPC: 880918073521
  • Catalog Number: 7
  • Sales rank: 54,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tabali Te - Bassekou Kouyate (1:46)
  2. 2 Bassekou - Bassekou Kouyate (3:21)
  3. 3 Jonkoloni - Bassekou Kouyate (5:05)
  4. 4 Juru Nani - Ngoni Ba (5:41)
  5. 5 Mbowdi - Ngoni Ba (5:19)
  6. 6 The River Tune - Bassekou Kouyate (3:15)
  7. 7 Andra's Song - Bassekou Kouyate (4:20)
  8. 8 Ngoni Fola - Bassekou Kouyate (4:15)
  9. 9 Banani - Ngoni Ba (3:39)
  10. 10 Bala - Ngoni Ba (5:56)
  11. 11 Segu Tonjon - Bassekou Kouyate (3:55)
  12. 12 Sinsani - Ngoni Ba (5:57)
  13. 13 Lament for Ali Farka - Bassekou Kouyate (5:52)
  14. 14 Segu Blue - Bassekou Kouyate (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba Primary Artist
Bassekou Kouyate Indexed Contributor, N'Goni, Ngoni
Lobi Traoré Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Moussa Sissoko Percussion
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
Tom Leader Mastering
Bassekou Kouyate Arranger, Composer
Yves Wernert Engineer
Traditional Composer
Andra Kouyate Composer
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