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Salif Keita

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From the voice of Mali comes this album, full of vaguely '80s synth work and Salif Keita's perfect brand of vocals. The album is a long distance from the Ambassadeurs days with Mory Kante and/or Kante Manfila, but it's worth hearing for the progression of Keita's sound. There is certainly a dichotomy on the album between more traditional sounds, with cascading vocal lines from Keita coupled with largely traditional instruments, and the more modern side, with slightly more pop-oriented vocals coupled with synthesizers and electric guitars. The sound tends to alternate from one end of the spectrum to the other, showcasing a nice array of sounds for the listener. Any fan of Keita will be pleased by this effort, though fans of the other members of les Ambassadeurs as well as the Rail Band might note the absence of the other seminal players in the history of Malian music. Pick it up as a fan of Keita, as a fan of Malian music in general, or simply as a curious listener. Don't look to it expecting a rehashing of the old days, though.
© Adam Greenberg /TiVo

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1
Yada
00:04:49

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Herve Marihnac, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

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Nou Pas Bouger
00:07:14

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

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Ko-Yan
00:04:47

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

4
Fe-So
00:04:36

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

5
Primpin
00:08:36

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

6
Tenin
00:06:15

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

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Sabou
00:05:46

Francois Bréant, Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Sydney Thiam, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Brice Wassy, Drums, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Hilaire Penda, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Ousmane Kouyate, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hamid Belhocine, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Alain Hatot, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hervé Bouffartigues, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Paul "Groucho" Smylke, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Souleymane Doumbia, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ives N'Djock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Freddy Houffepian, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Herve Marihnac, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1989 Island Records Ltd.

Album Description

From the voice of Mali comes this album, full of vaguely '80s synth work and Salif Keita's perfect brand of vocals. The album is a long distance from the Ambassadeurs days with Mory Kante and/or Kante Manfila, but it's worth hearing for the progression of Keita's sound. There is certainly a dichotomy on the album between more traditional sounds, with cascading vocal lines from Keita coupled with largely traditional instruments, and the more modern side, with slightly more pop-oriented vocals coupled with synthesizers and electric guitars. The sound tends to alternate from one end of the spectrum to the other, showcasing a nice array of sounds for the listener. Any fan of Keita will be pleased by this effort, though fans of the other members of les Ambassadeurs as well as the Rail Band might note the absence of the other seminal players in the history of Malian music. Pick it up as a fan of Keita, as a fan of Malian music in general, or simply as a curious listener. Don't look to it expecting a rehashing of the old days, though.
© Adam Greenberg /TiVo

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