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Bamako, Mali: Sounding Griots, Global Aesthetics

Bamako, Mali: Sounding Griots, Global Ae...

Featured tonight is Symmetric Orchestra, a multifaceted project by Mandé jéli Toumani Diabaté that encompasses a series of West African and Diasporic musical styles, from club, Cuban-influenced pop, Soukous, and Big Easy blues (with a visiting American singer). The shifting dance circle manifests a rich interaction between multiethnic West African griots,musicians and dancers and a far-reaching international crowd.
Rare Vinyl Finds: Mali’s Mory Kante (audio)

Rare Vinyl Finds: Mali’s Mory Kant...

I'm record shopping in Dakar now, and brought a portable usb record player to rip tracks from the rare vinyl I'm digging up. This is Malian disco by Mory Kante, a big hit in the early '80s. Enjoy!
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