Category Archives: africa

Rachid Halihal – Traditional Songs of Fez, Morocco

I’d never heard of this guy before picking up the cd used a year ago. But it’s pretty damn good music, I must say. It might be worth mentioning that all the guitars and fiddles in the world have evolved … Continue reading

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Pascal Diatta & Sona Mané – Simnadé + 4

For any of you looking for the African equivalent of Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family, this is it. Like Spence, Pascal Diatta has a style all his own, as inimitable as it is distinctive and fitting to the music. … Continue reading

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Boubacar Traoré – Kar Kar

One of the coolest things about Mississippi John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten is how their guitar would mimic their voice, playing the same notes at the same time as they sang them. Now, imagine that same approach as applied to … Continue reading

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Amadu Bansang Jobarteh – Tabara: Gambian Kora Music

Ok guys, you’ve gotta get this one. No joke. This guy is the elder statesman of the kora. Great uncle of Toumani Diabate. And he knows his stuff. Even if you pass up all the other kora albums, get this … Continue reading

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Djeli Keba Kouate/Fodé Drame & Bana Sissoko – Air Mail Music: Senegal

Djeli Keba Kouate/Fodé Drame & Bana Sissoko – Air Mail Music: Sénégal Year: 1998Label: Playasound “Sénégal” is the perfect recording for some one who is just getting started with the kora. Featuring two long tracks of traditional Manding kora music. … Continue reading

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Foday Musa Suso – Hand Power

So before I get too caried away into the inexorable void of banjoism, I thought it appropriate to revisit the banjo’s roots. Though mostly played by white people nowadays, the banjo was originally a ‘black’ instrument. It evolved in the … Continue reading

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Grand Papa Diabaté – Guitar Extra Dry

This isn’t him – it’s his brother, Sekou Diabate, from 1956 There’s very little information (and no photos I could find) about (Grand) Papa Diabaté, at least on the interweb. Which is a shame, because he’s basically the father of … Continue reading

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