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Kouyate, Bassekou & Ngoni Ba – “Jama Ko” – [Out Here Rec]

mickeyslim   4/17/2013   CD, International

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Thirteen track album of respected ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba, with a plethora of other musicians sprinkled in on different tracks. Bassekou’s two son’s play in the band, and there’s even a collaboration with Taj Mahal (track 12).

All tracks are seemingly feelgood songs, but more deal with the harsh reality of an overthrown government (which literally happened right before they sat down to record, a half mile from the studio), and ask for peace in Mali. They are well recorded, and well mastered, but still have a jammy feeling, you can tell they’re just chilling playing their music in a living room.

Detailed liner notes, there’s an explanation for every track, of which I dug: 1,2,4,7,8,11 and 12. Check it out for yourself, first.

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