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Africa - Released June 19, 2020 | No Format!
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The aptly named Acoustic shows us a stripped back side of the queen of Malian song. Recorded in live takes over two intense days in the studio, she revisits her 2017 album Mogoya for the third time which, the following year, was remixed by the likes of St. Germain, François, The Atlas Mountain and even Spoek Mathombo. There is no electronic interference here, just Guimba Kouyaté’s sensitive guitar, her faithful musical companion Brahima "Benogo" Diakité’s kamélé n'goni and Vincent Taurelle’s organ and celesta, which were involved in the original album, enveloping the diva’s unique voice and the voices of her backing singers Emma Lamadji and Kandy Guira. The effect is stunning – never has Oumou Sangaré’s vibrant presence felt so close.Driven by this intimate atmosphere, Oumou insisted on adding two very personal tracks to the nine songs on Mogoya - two symbolic tracks from her magnificent career. Originally released in 1993, Saa Magni acts as a tribute to the late arranger Amadou Ba Guindo, one of her earliest supporters. The second added track is Diaraby Nene, without a doubt her most iconic song. Written when she was a teenager, she opens up to the emotions surrounding her first love. Breaking taboos in a traditionally patriarchal society, she’s made a few enemies but has also won the unconditional support of the younger generations and has become a leading voice for feminism, a fight she has never given up on. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
Folk - Released October 18, 2019 | No Format!
Following the sophisticated sounds of his previous albums, the Brazilian Lucas Santtana has stripped his melodies and vocals bare and dressed them in his acoustic guitar’s arpeggios and chords. Nephew of Tom Zé and son of a composer who worked with Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso, Santtana is an heir to the Tropicalists: a group of Brazilian artists who questioned and commented on society in the mid-1960s predominantly through traditional music. With all the political unrest that is shaking his country today, Lucas Santtana confronts current issues and underlines the importance of nature, friendships, love and helping one another. For example, the single Meu Primeiro Amor, a duet with Recife singer Duda Beat, describes the harmonious love between an urban middle-class young woman and a forro musician from the poor lands of the sertão. Santtana is politically engaged on this record, reflecting on the ways in which Lula improved rural Brazil. While he denounces the ultra-right’s obscurantism, the musician never raises his voice or loses hope. The wise message of this lucid yet confident album is perfectly captured its title O Céu é Velho Há Muito Tempo (“The sky has been old for a long time”). © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz