by Kimi Djabate


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Although largely unknown, this is actually Kimi Djabaté's second solo album. A member of the griot caste, he grew up with music in Guinea-Bissau, and has played the balafon since he was three years old. He's a master of his instrument, which remains a constant, bubbling presence on this disc, supported by a number of other instruments (mostly acoustic, but also some keyboard and electric guitar, thankfully sparingly and tastefully used). Djabaté's compositions -- which comprise everything here -- are softly hypnotic, and filled with typically West African elements, such as the call and response vocals between lead and backup singers. The songs themselves are delicious creations, lulling, melodic, and even catchy to Western ears, especially "Karam," with its memorable chorus, and "Banhané." Although he now lives in Lisbon, Djabaté's roots are obviously deep, and his feelings for Africa are expressed in his lyrics. Although not startling or revolutionary, Karam is a lovely addition to the canon of African music, and the wider introduction of an excellent talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Label: Cumbancha
UPC: 0890846001121
catalogNumber: 12
Rank: 162790

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kimi Djabate   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Balafon,Shekere
João Gomes   Clarinet
Marcos Alves   Drums
José Braima Galissa   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nina Kode   Vocals
N'dara Sumano   Vocals
Milton Gulli   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mayo Coope   Vocals
Marisa Gulli   Percussion
Marcos Alves   Drums
Madshoff   Electric Guitar
Laye Traore   Percussion
Kabum   Percussion
Joao Cabrita   Saxophone
Francisco Rebelo   Bass,Percussion
Buba Djabate   Vocals
Braima Galissa   Kora
Bineta Sock   Vocals
Nelson Costa   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Nata   Percussion

Technical Credits

Kimi Djabate   Composer
Francisco Rebelo   Engineer

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