by Salif Keita


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2002
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0044001690624
catalogNumber: 016906
Rank: 48063

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salif Keita   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Kante Manfila   Acoustic Guitar
Cesaria Evora   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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