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Moffou

Salif Keita

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Sometimes a return to basics can be the best way for an artist to move forward. For Salif Keita, that's definitely the case with Moffou. In spite of using a hefty number of musicians (17, plus six backing vocalists), the sound is very stripped-down. Even the supple electric guitar work of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté is mellow and low-key. The real beauty here is Keita's voice, carefully framed and used to maximum effect. High, almost piercing, it's a gorgeous instrument that can ride and transform a melody, whether the lulling gentleness of "Yamore" or the more upbeat -- but never frenzied -- "Iniagige." Overall, it's a record of swaying, seductive gentleness, one perfectly suited to Keita's style. After a few artistic missteps, he needs an album like this to reaffirm who he is and give a renewal to his sound. While it's strongly rooted, it's by no means strictly a Malian roots album; that's never been all of his music by any means. While ineffably West African, there's a lovely light sheen to the production that could only be European, and serves the sound well, smoothing it out but never losing the intimate flavor that's at the album's heart. Moffou reaffirms Keita's star status, and his reputation as one of the world's most glorious voices.
© Chris Nickson /TiVo

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1
Yamore
00:07:22

Cesaria Evora, Interprète Vocal, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

2
Iniagige
00:04:33

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

3
Madan
00:05:59

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Sissoko Sekouba, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Doumbia Aminata, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Diarra Assitan, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

4
Katolon
00:06:57

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

5
Souvent
00:03:16

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

6
Moussolou
00:04:59

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

7
Baba
00:04:42

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Translator, Interprète Instrumental, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

8
Ana Na Ming
00:06:17

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

9
Koukou
00:06:02

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

10
Here
00:09:04

Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Belle Nayanka, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

11
Madan (Remix)
00:03:11

Martin Solveig, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Salif Keita, Interprète Instrumental, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kante Manfila, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Oliza, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Hadja Kouyate, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Sekouba Sissoko, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Assistan Diarra, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Aminata Doumbia, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer - Nayanka Belle, Interprète Vocal, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Decca Records France

Album Description

Sometimes a return to basics can be the best way for an artist to move forward. For Salif Keita, that's definitely the case with Moffou. In spite of using a hefty number of musicians (17, plus six backing vocalists), the sound is very stripped-down. Even the supple electric guitar work of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté is mellow and low-key. The real beauty here is Keita's voice, carefully framed and used to maximum effect. High, almost piercing, it's a gorgeous instrument that can ride and transform a melody, whether the lulling gentleness of "Yamore" or the more upbeat -- but never frenzied -- "Iniagige." Overall, it's a record of swaying, seductive gentleness, one perfectly suited to Keita's style. After a few artistic missteps, he needs an album like this to reaffirm who he is and give a renewal to his sound. While it's strongly rooted, it's by no means strictly a Malian roots album; that's never been all of his music by any means. While ineffably West African, there's a lovely light sheen to the production that could only be European, and serves the sound well, smoothing it out but never losing the intimate flavor that's at the album's heart. Moffou reaffirms Keita's star status, and his reputation as one of the world's most glorious voices.
© Chris Nickson /TiVo

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