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Listen to the latest World music releases, updated July 02nd, 2021. With Angélique Kidjo, Manzanita y su Conjunto, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, Femi Kuti, De Schuurman, Joseph Spence... photo: Mdou Moctar © Nikki Celis

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Omon Oba
Angélique Kidjo Mother Nature 00:02:03

Jean Hebrail, Producer - Lionel Loueke, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Angelique Kidjo, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Thomas Ackley, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Zeynab, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oloukémi Zeynab ABIBOU, ComposerLyricist - Dègbogbahoun Kamarou, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Djidonou Robert, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Decca Records France

2
La Mazamorrita
Manzanita y su Conjunto Trujillo, Perú 1971 - 1974 00:03:07

Manzanita y su Conjunto, MainArtist - D.R Arreglo Ranil, Composer, Lyricist

2021 Analog Africa 2021 Analog Africa

3
Gnonnou Ho
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey Le Sato 00:07:30

Clément Mélomé, Composer, Producer - Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, MainArtist

1974 Albarika Store BV Under Exclusive License to Acid Jazz Acquistions Ltd 2021 Albarika Store BV Under Exclusive License to Acid Jazz Acquistions Ltd

4
Stop the Hate (Live)
Femi Kuti Legacy + New Afrika Shrine Live Sessions EP 00:05:07

Femi Kuti, Composer, MainArtist

2021 Partisan Records 2021 Partisan Records

5
Poeng Ka Poeng Ka
De Schuurman Bubbling Inside 00:02:43

De Schuurman, MainArtist

2021 Nyege Nyege Tapes 2021 Nyege Nyege Tapes

Traditional, Composer - Joseph Spence, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (P) 2021 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

7
Free Your Mind (Live)
Femi Kuti Legacy + New Afrika Shrine Live Sessions EP 00:05:36

Made Kuti, Composer, MainArtist

2021 Partisan Records 2021 Partisan Records

8
Cuerpo de Agua
Mabe Fratti Será Que Ahora Podremos Entendernos 00:04:26

Tin Angel Publishing, MusicPublisher - Mabe Fratti, MainArtist - Maria Belen Fratti Sierra, Composer

(C) 2021 Unheard Of Hope (P) 2021 Unheard of Hope

9
Ektaal Trilogy
Mike Block Where the Soul Never Dies 00:02:20

Sandeep Das, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Mike Block, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Jesse Lewis, Producer

(C) 2021 Bright Shiny Things (P) 2021 Bright Shiny Things

10
Barocco, Ma Non Troppo
Sven Wunder Natura Morta 00:02:35

Sven Wunder, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Piano Piano Records (P) 2021 Piano Piano Records

11
Eunodus (Uno-Dos-Tres) (with The Baba Brooks Band)
Various Artists The Trojan Story 00:02:47

KEN BOOTHE, MainArtist - Stranger Cole, MainArtist - The Baba Brooks Band, Instruments, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - Wilburn Cole, Composer, Writer - Arthur "Duke" Reid, Producer

© 2021 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1963 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

12
Lève-toi
Dobet Gnahoré Couleur 00:03:29

Dobet Gnahore, Composer, MainArtist - Yabongo Lova, FeaturedArtist - Colin Laroche de Feline, Composer - Tam Sir Junior Yihe Ngo Njock, Composer - Franck Michel Bially, Composer

2021 Cumbancha 2021 Cumbancha

13
Atmetalegnem Woi
Hailu Mergia Tezeta 00:03:39

Hailu Mergia, MainArtist - The Walias, MainArtist

2021 Awesome Tapes From Africa 2021 Awesome Tapes From Africa Publishing

14
Quiere La Rumba
Okuté Okuté 00:05:00

Jacob Plasse, Composer - BMI, MusicPublisher - Michael Eckroth, Composer - Okuté, MainArtist - Pedro "Tata" Francisco Almeida Barriel, Composer

2021 Chulo Records 2021 BMI

Oki Dub Ainu Band, MainArtist - Oki, Composer

(C) 2021 World Music Network (P) 2021 CHIKAR STUDIO, LTD

16
Butter
BTS Butter 00:02:44

Chris Gehringer, MasteringEngineer - Serban Ghenea, Mixer - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Ron Perry, Composer, Producer - ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Warner Chappell, MusicPublisher - Sony Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Jenna Andrews, Composer, VocalArranger - sonyatv, MusicPublisher - Keith Parry, Engineer - Sebastian Garcia, Composer - Stephen Kirk, Composer, Producer, VocalArranger - Rm, Composer - Alex Bilowitz, Composer - BTS, MainArtist - Rob Grimaldi, Composer, Producer, VocalArranger - Juan "Saucy" Peña, Engineer - SONY TUNES LLC, MusicPublisher - WC Music Corp. (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Master Suite, MusicPublisher - 27Musicpub, MusicPublisher - ALEX BILO Music, MusicPublisher - Alex Bilo Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - dba Singing River Entertainment (BMI), MusicPublisher - FEELWRITEMUSIC (ASCAP), MusicPublisher - Just In Case Publishing Inc., MusicPublisher - Leaha Music Pub Designee (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 BIGHIT MUSIC / HYBE (P) 2021 BIGHIT MUSIC / HYBE

17
Chorfa
Innov Gnawa Lila 00:13:52

Traditional, Composer, MusicPublisher - Innov Gnawa, MainArtist

2021 Daptone Records 2021 Traditional

18
Cheza (ft. Chrisman)
Scotch Rolex Tewari 00:03:17

Chrisman, MainArtist - Scotch Rolex, MainArtist

2021 Hakuna Kulala 2021 Hakuna Kulala

19
Que Será
Alfredo Rodriguez Que Será 00:01:58

Alfredo Rodriguez, Composer, Producer, MainArtist - Munir Hossn, Composer, Producer, MainArtist, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer

(C) 2021 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC (P) 2021 Mack Avenue Records II, LLC

20
Ja Ja Re Apne Mandirwa
Sunny Jain Phoenix Rise 00:02:13

Sunny Jain, Producer, MainArtist, StudioProducer - Tony Joy, MasteringEngineer - Jonathan Goldberger, Producer, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Ben Parag, MainArtist - Naimat Khan, Composer

(C) 2021 Sinj Records, a subdivision of Jainsounds, LLC. (P) 2021 Sinj Records, a subdivision of Jainsounds, LLC.

21
Yoyo ! — The Mandela Effect / Black Aurora Cusp Druids Ascending
BLK JKS Abantu / Before Humans 00:04:55

Blk Jks, Composer, MainArtist - Molefi Makananise, BassGuitar, HarmonyVocals - Mpumelelo Mcata, Guitar, LeadVocals - Tshepang "RMBO" Ramoba, Drums, HarmonyVocals - Tebogo Seitei, Trumpet, HarmonyVocals

2021 Glitterbeat Records 2021 Glitterbeat Records

22
Waiting
Tomi Thomas Hopeless Romantic 00:03:31

Tomi Thomas, Assistant Mixer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Blackler, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oddio Tribe, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ibukunoluwa Owolabi, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Oghenetejiri Akpoghene, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Tomi Thomas Music

23
En Lo Mío
Tony Loya Town Shit, Vol.2 00:02:52

Tony Loya, MainArtist - Jesús Antonio Saldivar, Composer - J Master, Producer - Pura Manzanita Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 Manzana Records, Inc. (P) 2021 Manzana Records, Inc.

24
Tche Belew
Hailu Mergia & The Walias Tche Belew 00:05:00

Hailu Mergia, Artist - Hailu Mergia & The Walias, MainArtist - The Walias, Artist

2014 Awesome Tapes From Africa 2014 Awesome Tapes From Africa

25
Žali Zare
Balkan Taksim Žali Zare 00:04:32

Traditional, Lyricist - Sasa-Liviu Stoianovici, Composer - Alin Zabrauteanu, Arranger - Balkan Taksim, MainArtist

2020 Buda Musique 2020 Hera Mundus Productions under exclusive licence to Buda Musique

26
Awô Dub (2021 remaster)
Lucas Santtana 3 Sessions in a Greenhouse (2021 remaster) 00:05:49

Lucas Santtana, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Ricardo Dias Gomes, Composer, Lyricist - Buguinha Dub, Producer - Seleção Natural, FeaturedArtist - Copyright Control;ORB music, MusicPublisher

2021 Mais Um Discos 2021 Mais Um

27
Running — Asibaleki / Sheroes Theme
BLK JKS Abantu / Before Humans 00:04:44

Blk Jks, Composer, MainArtist - Molefi Makananise, BassGuitar, HarmonyVocals - Mpumelelo Mcata, Guitar, LeadVocals - Tshepang "RMBO" Ramoba, Drums, HarmonyVocals - Tebogo Seitei, Trumpet, HarmonyVocals

2021 Glitterbeat Records 2021 Glitterbeat Records

28
Blow You Away (Delilah)
Blue Lab Beats We Will Rise (Explicit) 00:03:19

ROB CHIARELLI, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - NK-OK, Producer, Drums, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Blue Lab Beats, Composer, MainArtist - Kaidi Akinnibi, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Mr DM, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Béesau, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Ghetto Boy, Author, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Blue Adventure

29
Reet (Habibi Funk 015)
Hamid El Shaeri Reet (Habibi Funk 015) 00:04:26

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Hamid El Shaeri, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist

2021 Habibi Funk Records distributed by Groove Attack 2021 Habibi Funk Records distributed by Groove Attack

30
Space (Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith Remix)
Anoushka Shankar Space 00:03:02

Anoushka Shankar, Producer, Sitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - JOE BROWN, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alev Lenz, Producer, Piano, Programmer, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matthew Robertson, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pirashanna Thevarajah, Jew's Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Heba Kadry, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Mercury KX, a division of Decca Music Group Limited

31
Curfew
Khalab M’berra 00:05:30

Khalab, MainArtist - M’berra Ensemble, MainArtist - Khalab & M’berra Ensemble, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Real World Records Ltd.

32
Baghon Main
Arooj Aftab Vulture Prince 00:06:44

Arooj Aftab, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Darian Donovan Thomas, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 New Amsterdam (P) 2021 New Amsterdam

33
Afrique Victime
Mdou Moctar Afrique Victime 00:07:25

Rob Schnapf, Engineer - Matt Schuessler, Engineer - Mdou Moctar, MainArtist - Seth Manchester, Mixer - Ahmoudou Madassane, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Coltun, Composer, Producer, AssociatedPerformer - Mahamadou Souleymane, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Souleymane Ibrahim, AssociatedPerformer

2021 Matador Records 2021 Matador Records

34
Mamadou Kanda Keita
Toumani Diabaté Kôrôlén 00:06:51

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Kasse Mady Diabate, Vocals - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

35
Yakané
Dobet Gnahoré Yakané 00:03:17

Dobet Gnahore, Composer, MainArtist - Colin Laroche de Feline, Composer - Tam Sir Junior Yihe Ngo Njock, Composer

2021 Cumbancha 2021 Cumbancha

36
Aunque Te Mueras Por Volver
Mon Laferte SEIS 00:04:10

David Maldonado, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eduardo del Aguila, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfredo Pino, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Mon Laferte, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Eduardo Cabrera, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Zlotnik, Saxophone, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Chalo González, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Efrain Benavides, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Jalil, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pedro Antonio García, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Cristina Arista, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eduardo Barreiro, A&R - Sebastián Aracena, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Recording Engineer, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Anna Arnal, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Leonelys Sánchez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Nabani Aguila, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - David Viña, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.

37
Film out
BTS Film out 00:03:33

Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - V, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - UTA, Composer, Producer, Editor, Keyboards, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Masato Ishinari, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - PDOGG, Vocal Arranger, Recording Engineer, Rhythm Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Suga, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Masami Horisawa, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Akira Murata, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - back number, Producer - Iyori Shimizu, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimin, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rm, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - BTS, MainArtist - Yuya Yanagihara, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - J-hope, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Keita Joko, Editor, StudioPersonnel - D.O.I., Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hanako Uesato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Koichiro Muroya, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Yuki Mizuno, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Tomoko Shimaoka, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Tomomi Tokunaga, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Ayaka Notomi, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Shoko Oki, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Takeshi Fujita, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Jung Kook, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rina Odera, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Shoko Mabuchi, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Toshihiro Watanabe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eaisung Shin, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Shigenobu Otsuji, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Tomo Fukazawa, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Yuko Ishizeki, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel - Kyoko Teradate, Production Coordinator, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 UNIVERSAL MUSIC LLC

38
Não Vai Apagar (Fly Lua, Fly)
Daniel Santiago Song for Tomorrow 00:02:33

Daniel Santiago, Composer, MainArtist - Heartcore Records, MusicPublisher

2021 Heartcore Records 2021 Heartcore Records

39
Lundi mardi mercredi
Delgrès 4:00 AM 00:03:24

Pascal Danae, Composer - Pierrick Devin, MixingEngineer - Baptiste Brondy, Composer - Nicolas Quéré, Producer - Delgres, Producer, MainArtist - Rafgee, Composer

Lanmela Productions 2020 - under exclusive license for the World to [PIAS] Lanmela Productions 2020 - under exclusive license for the World to [PIAS]

40
Chidori
TEKE::TEKE Barbara 00:03:36

Takeshi Terauchi, Composer - TEKE::TEKE, MainArtist - Terauchi Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2021 Kill Rock Stars 2020 Terauchi Music Publishing

41
Kola Cissé
Samba Touré Binga 00:04:03

Samba Touré, Composer, Contributor, Guitar, MainArtist, BackgroundVocals, LeadVocals - Djimé Sissoko, Contributor - Souleymane Kane, Contributor - Philippe Sanmiguel, Percussion - Richard Shanks, Harmonica

2021 Glitterbeat Records 2021 Glitterbeat Records

42
Guelen
Ballaké Sissoko Djourou 00:05:32

Salif Keita, Composer, MainArtist - Ballaké Sissoko, Arranger, MainArtist

2021 Nø Førmat! 2021 Nø Førmat!

43
Drunk and Stage
Various Artists Midnight Rock's Secret Tapes 00:04:10

N. Thomas, Composer - Jah Thomas, MainArtist - Nkrumah Thomas, Producer

2021 Acid Jazz Acquisitions Ltd 2021 Acid Jazz Acquisitions Ltd under exclusive license from Nkrumah Thomas

44
Velur
Zoé Sonidos De Karmática Resonancia 00:04:07

Leon Larregui, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sergio Acosta, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jesús Báez, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Angel Mosqueda, Electric Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Craig Silvey, Producer - Rodrigo Guardiola, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Zoe , MainArtist - León Rubén Larregui Marin, ComposerLyricist - Sergio Eduardo Acosta Russek, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Universal Music Mexico S.A. de C.V.

45
Haïnamady Town
Toumani Diabaté Kôrôlén 00:06:48

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

46
Curfew
Khalab M’berra 00:05:30

Khalab, MainArtist - M’berra Ensemble, MainArtist - Khalab & M’berra Ensemble, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Real World Records Ltd.

47
Tamala
Samba Touré Binga 00:05:55

Traditional, Composer - Samba Touré, Contributor, Guitar, MainArtist, BackgroundVocals, LeadVocals - Djénéba Diakité, BackgroundVocals - Djimé Sissoko, Contributor - Souleymane Kane, Contributor - Philippe Sanmiguel, Percussion

2021 Glitterbeat Records 2021 Glitterbeat Records

Claude Vamur, Drums - Jacob Desvarieux, Guitar - Jocelyne Beroard, Chorus - Jean-Claude Naimro, Piano, Synthesizer - Michel Alibo, Chorus, BassGuitar - Fred Desplan, Percussion, Chorus - Joby Valente, Composer, MainArtist - Jobby Valente, LeadVocals

2021 Heavenly Sweetness 2021 Heavenly Sweetness

49
Rain (edit)
Falle Nioke Rain 00:03:46

sir Was, MainArtist - Falle Nioke, MainArtist

2021 PRAH Recordings 2021 PRAH Recordings

50
Mamadou Kanda Keita
Toumani Diabaté Kôrôlén 00:06:51

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Kasse Mady Diabate, Vocals - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

About Playlist

Listen to the latest World music releases, updated July 02nd, 2021. With Angélique Kidjo, Manzanita y su Conjunto, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey, Femi Kuti, De Schuurman, Joseph Spence...

photo: Mdou Moctar © Nikki Celis

The Great History of Malian Music

by Benjamin Minimum

Mandingo traditions or urban intersections, ancestral chants from the griots or dance bands on the day following the Independence, the family tree of Malian music possesses deep roots, leafy branches and a strong sap. Let’s take a look back at the fascinating history.

At the same time, Amadou Bagayoko, former guitarist of the Ambassadeurs, and his wife Mariam Doumbia found success under the name Amadou & Mariam, “the blind couple from Mali”. Over the years, they worked with M, Manu Chao and the English Damon Albarn. The latter, fascinated by African music and especially Malian music, organized live and recorded meetings in Africa and Europe between African and Western musicians. African Express offered an important exposure to young Malian talents like the singer Fatoumata Diawara, Cheick Tidiane Seck’s protégée, the ngoni player Bassékou Kouyaté and the Niafunké band Songhoy Blues.

Malian artists living in France have enjoyed some very nice careers. Chorister of Salif Keïta, Mamani Keïta took part in the first batch of the Electro Bamako from Marc Minelli, a rocker from Le Havre, before working with Arthur H’s guitarist, Nicolas Repac, then with the Parisian Afro-groove band Arat Kilo. The daughter of a diplomat, born near Bamako, Rokia Traoré has travelled a lot, but remains very attached to the culture of her motherland. The public discovered her thanks to the Musiques Métisses festival in Angoulême, whose director, Christian Mousset, has also enabled the rejuvenation of the careers of Super Rail Band and Boubacar Traoré. Rokia Traoré has established herself as a major singer-songwriter and involves herself with ardor in Mali’s cultural life. She has also worked with the Kronos Quartet, years before the Trio Da Kali. In 2017, the Californian string quartet and the Malian griot musician trio have released the very successful Ladilikan, which confronts the griot traditions to string arrangements.

Champions of musical elasticity, kora players Ballaké Sissoko and Toumani Diabaté bring their immense talent and their deep traditional knowledge to often fascinating cultural exchanges. Ballaké regularly meets in the studio or on stage with the Iranian percussion family Chemirani, violoncellist Vincent Ségal and the band 3MA, composed of Moroccan oud player Driss el Maloumi and Madagascan valiha player Rajery. Toumani was one of Ali Farka Touré’s last music companions, recording two albums with him: In the Heart of the Moon and Ali & Toumani, both winning a Grammy Award. He was at the centre of the meeting between Cuban and Malian musicians on AfroCubism in 2010, held unforgettable concerts with the Iranian kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor and worked with Björk on the Volta album. The French rappers of Malian descent, Mokobé (Traoré) and Oxmo Puccino, born Abdoulaye Diarra in Ségou, rarely include Mandingo elements in their productions. But Mokobé invited Oumou Sangaré and Amadou & Mariam onto his album Mon Afrique in 2007 and in 2017, Oxmo took part in M’s project Lamomali, alongside Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté. The latter, an excellent kora player like his father, has become a star in Western Africa thanks to joyful music videos and a blend of coupé-décalé, Mandingo rhythms and R&B romances. Traditional or blended, Malian musicians radiated in the past as they do today and everything suggests that they are ready for the future.

Translated by Damien Izabelle.

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