Sunday, 20 January 2019

Diblo Dibala 1992.Jul.19 Kershaw Peel Sessions

Just found the missing track of the 1992.July19 Kershaw Session by Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha.
Therefore today: Maintenant C'est Dansez Dansez!!

Diblo Dibala 1992.May.01 in the Boston Globe
Diblo Dibala, born in 1954 in Kisangani in the Congo (now Zaire), of the Baluba people, is one of the hottest African Soukous lead guitarists around. At the age of 6 Diblo moved to Kinshasa and by the age of 15 he was playing guitar in the great Franco's TPOK band. In Kinshasa, Diblo continued to master his lava-hot guitar chops with such top Zairean bands as Vox Africa, Orchestre Bella Mambo, and Bella Bella.
In 1979 Diblo left Zaire and landed in Brussels where he played a rented guitar and washed dishes to make money. In 1981 he moved to Paris, where the Soukous scene was a happening thing. He rejoined Kanda Bongo Man, who he had played with in Bella Bella. Their first album, Iyole (1981), was a big hit: Kanda became a big star, and Diblo became the most sought-after session man in Paris. Diblo's huge European success with Kanda Bongo Man led to the formation of his own band, Loketo (which means 'hips', as in 'shake your...'), featuring the work of the gifted vocalist Aurlus Mabele. By this time Diblo was the dominant Soukous session man in Paris and he was in great demand. On recordings by such Soukous giants as Kanda Bongo Man and Pepe Kalle you can hear them calling out "Diblo" when guitar solo time comes around. In 1990 Diblo left Loketo to form Matchatcha (which means "a type of flower that produces an itch").--Janet Planet, The African Music Encyclopedia -

John Peel and Andy Kershaw, on learning Diblo was making an appearance at Stern's African Records, raced there to get his autograph. He repaid the compliment by giving name checks to both of them on 'Matchatcha Wetu' (included in the session).

Listen to Bolingo from the session

DIBALA-DIBLO-19920719_Kershaw Peel BBC-rpts

rec.1992.Jul.19 / double session with Kershaw (four on each show) / bc.1992.Aug.08
tracklist Kershaw:  1.Mondo Ry* / 2.Matchacha Wetu* / 3.Bolingo* / 4.Merci Papa*
source: rpt.2018.Sep.10 and 2019.Jan.15, BBC 6music Gideon Coe

After the 1992.Aug.08 Kershaw show, John Peel played the other part of the double session by Diblo Dibala & Matchatcha, this is posted by Sterling Cale on his blog Maggot Caviar

As a bonus to this session I have included the only track I have found so gar of the 2nd Peel Session:
rec.1994.Nov.19 - bc.1995.Jan.14: tracknr.4 Destin (also in earlier post about Diblo)

For more info about Diblo Dibala head over to the Bio by Gary Stewart at rumbaontheriver (incl.selected disco and biblio).


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Assa Drame 2004.Apr.18 Kershaw Session BBC

Assa Drame, born in 1976, is a daughter of the famous singer Tata Bambo Kouyate from Mali.

Assa Drame - daughter of Tata Bambo Kouyate (detail of album cover)

In 1992, at the age of 16, she was introduced as singer by her mother with the K7 "Tata Bambo presente sa Fille Assa Drame - Hommage aux Griots". In 2004, at the age of 28, she made her first visit to the UK, during which she did this lovely session for Andy Kershaw. There are several videoclips from some of her songs up on youtube [from 2007 till 2013].
Couldn't find more information about Assa, so here some links to info about her more famous mother [in which Assa is mentioned]:

Listen to "Sabou - the reason" of the session

ASSA DRAME - 20040418 Kershaw Session BBC

tracklist: intro Kershaw / 1.Sabou - the reason / songs explanation / 2.Kaira - happiness / outro-intro Kershaw / 3.Mande Bourou - voice of the Mande / songs explanation / 4.Iyamba - praises to family / outro Kershaw
line-up: Assa Drame - vocals / Yacouba Sissoko - kora / Makan Tounkara - guitar
broadcast: 2004.Apr.18 BBC Radio 1 Andy Kershaw

Discography of Asse Drame

1992: Tata Bambo presente sa Fille Assa Drame - Hommage aux Griots (K7, Afrique Musique #AM.92002) - listen at youtube
2007/2011: Sabu Nium An (K7/digital, Kalitex Production) - clip of Sabou
2011/2013: Koyoumandon (digital, DMS/Kebe Cheickna) - clip of Fourou

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

The Four Brothers 1994-2000 Peel Sessions

- happy new year - bonne année - frohes neues jahr - feliz año nuevo -
- boldog új évet -
gelukkig nieuwjaar - štastný nový rok - gott nytt år -

A connection to the last post from last year, in the video playlist two live recordings from these four and now two radio sessions.
The Four Brothers 2000.Dec.29 in London (source: flickr album)

In 1977 four musicians from Zimbabwe, Alex Chipaika-Phiri (guitar), Marshal Munhumumwe (drums, vocals and a nephew of Thomas Mapfumo), Edward Matigasi-Ulaya (guitar) and Never Mutare (bass) formed a band and, though not related at all, called themselves The Four Brothers for their first recording. That name was meant to be temporary, but as that first recording, "Mandega", made such an impact, they decided to keep it.
In the following years they made many recordings, many became big hits in Zimbabwe, especially the after independence in 1980. In 1986 the band was approached by Stern's Africa from London to tour Europe, contracts were signed and between 1987 and 1990 the Four Brothers had performed in over ten countries in Europe and even in Canada.
In the UK they became favourites of BBC radio DJs Andy Kershaw and John Peel, who started playing their music regularly and recorded several sessions with them. John Peel and his wife had enjoyed the Four Brothers when visiting Zimbabwe, Peel himself wished that they could play at his birthday party. So his wife secretly organised that to happen on his 50th birthday in 1989 in the garden behind his own house.
In the early 1990s ill fate hit the Brothers, first Chipaika-Phiri and Matigasi-Ulaya died and later Munhumumwe, following a car crash, suffered a stroke and was unable to continue to perform with the band. Replacements were found in Frank Sibanda, Robrum Chauraya and Albert Ruwizhi, so Never Mutare, as the only original bandmamber, could continue to play and succesfully going on international tours as The Four Brothers.
Finally in 2001 Munhumumwe died at the age of 49 and the following year bass guitarist Never Mutare did his very last breath.
In 2016, Marshall Munhumumwe Jr., the son of the founder, decided to join the new Four Brothers/Makombe Brothers band as their manager, to maintain his father's legacy. However, this new band has struggled to gain traction in the music industry due to scepticism from promoters and the public.
summarised from

Listen to Mberko Yakaramba from the 1994 session

FOUR BROTHERS 1994-2000 - Peel Sessions #3/4

Peel Session #3 - rec.1994.Oct.27 - bc.1994.Dec.09
tracklist: 1.Mbereko Yakaramba* / 2.Takabva Neko* / 3.Tsvaga Hunhu* / [missing 4.Wachiveiko]
line-up: Marshall Ticharwe Munhumumwe - drums / Never Mutare - bass / Robrum Chauraya - rhythm guitar / Frank Sibanda - guitar
source: repeat 1995.Jul.29 in John Peel Show

Peel Sesssion #4 - rec.2000.Sep.06 - bc.2000.Sep.28
tracklist: 1.Vamwene* / 2.Ndibvubamire* / 3.Ndateterera*  / 4.Regai Nditaure*
line-up: unknown
source: broadcast 2000.Sep.28 in John Peel Show

More from and about the Four Brothers

Disfrutar de su Música!
Come Mango Siempre Crudo!!!

Monday, 31 December 2018

Arby Khaira 2018.April interview Bamako - Sahara VPRO [video]

For today, in my humble opinion, the most boring one in 12 months, no audio, but video upload to enjoy [and remember Khaira Arby]

Interview with Khaira Arby made around 2018.April in Bamako
[note: Khaira Arby died, aged 58, 2018.Aug.19 in Bamako]
This is part of the brilliant Sahara series made by Bram Vermeulen for VPRO, in which he travelled from the west coast of Mauretania through Mali, Niger all the way to the east coast of Sudan. Chad wasn't visited and flown over, because it was too dangerous there.
Though there is very little local music in the series, like Khaira Arby, it's HIGHLY recommended by us here from Pays de Mangues.
The series is made for Dutch television, but most of the language spoken is French and English, only sometimes some Dutch or local language, so pretty easy to follow for non-Dutch speakers.

Full info about the series at (incl.links to watch the
individual parts: 1.Mauritania / 2.Mali / 3.Niger - Zinder / 4.Niger - Agadez / 5.Sudan)

PS: sometimes the sound (in the VPRO player) is doubled, my solution is to switch the sound in the player off, the 2nd sound remains and is synchrone with the pictures

And now that we're playing with videos, two playlists for you to enjoy

Uploads by henkrut:
Fatala from Guinee / SeneMali from guess where... Senegal and Mali / Stella Chiweshe live in Germany / Four Brothers live in London

The very inspiring Fatoumata Diawara with videos about and from her 2018 release Fenfo - Something to Say (videos are provided with subtitles to be switched on)

"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

*if you haven't seen yet, check wrldsrv's tribute to Kasse Mady Diabate

*playlist with the by Ngoni recommended videos

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Bitori - 2017.Oct.27 WOMEX Katowice

Now a favourite from me, I wanted to post for some time, from a country not featured before here in Mango Land. Had only 4 live tracks and searched for some more, now stop searching and give to you to enjoy, what I collected so far...
Bitori ft. Chando Gracioso (source: culturebox)
LEGENDS OF FUNANA RETURN - Masters of the once forbidden music of Cabo Verde.
When iconic singer Chando Graciosa invited master accordionist Bitori and bass player Danilo Tavares to record a Funana album in Rotterdam in the early '90s, they couldn't have imagined the impact it would have still in the 21st century. 20 Years after the 1997 release of that innovating album 'Bitori nha Bibinha', they were reunited: Prompted by the re-release (2016.Sep) of that record on renowned label Analog Africa, founder Samy Ben Redjeb reached out to the old crew to create a live band, partenring with Kokako Music to take on management and bookings.
At age 79 Bitori is going stronger than ever! An inspiration to many generations, this gaita player continues to baffle both audiences and artists, with his unique technique, energy and style.
Now, with an all star line-up, they are touring the globe, sharing their exhilarating, refined yet raw, infectious dance music of 'Funana':
Complimented by the veteran Toy Paris on drums and multi instrumentalist Miroca Paris on percussion (12 years with Cesaria Evora), the band has already wowed crowds, made them dance and celebrate life.
-- from womex promo: 

Listen to Bitori Nha Bibinha live at Womex 2017

BITORI 2017.Oct.27 at WOMEX in Katowice [rec.RTP-VPRO]

setlist: 1.Bitori Nha Bibinha / 2.Cabelo / 3.Futi Futi / 4.Didi di Rez
1-2: bc.2018.Mar.16, RTP - Raízes *
3-4: bc.2018.Aug.11, NPO Radio S&J - VPRO Vrije Geluiden

line up: Bitori (Victor Tavares) - accordion / Chando Graciosa - lead vocals, ferro / Danilo Tavares - bass, vocals / Miroca Paris - percussion, vocals / Toy Paris - drums, vocals

bonus: Bitori - Funnana (2015.Apr.18 live from Atlantic Music Expo - AME)
bc.Radio 3 from Spain - 2015.Apr.18 - Taratana - Cabo Verde

*RTP - Raizes [=roots] highly recommended radio show, regularly playing live shows recorded all over Europe, and with an extensive archive, CHECK IT OUT!! (unfortunately coudn't find playlists)

More Bitori to listen, watch and read about:

  • News from 2016.May.28 about release - mixedworldmusic [incl.2 old 2008/2010 videos] 
  • Very good 2017 interview with Bitori - pan-african-music [incl.nice pics and short live videos]Womex 2017 - Field Report by Tom Pryor - afropop
  • Bitori in concert at Festival Banlieues Bleues 2017 - video (available till 2019.Apr.23)
  • Bitori at VPRO Vrije Geluiden - TV show of above VPRO radio show [incl.3 videos] 


"il faut me pardonner - you must forgive me"

Pap Djah's last words before left on his own in the Sahara desert (in Niger)

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Kiran Ahluwalia & Souad Massi - 2018.Apr.19 KEXP Session

And now let's go to some other parts on other globe, like the two ladies did cq.had to do also. Kiran Ahluwalia born in India, moved first to Canada and now living in New York; Souad Massi born in Algeria, after death threats (because of playing in the political rock band Atakor) left the country and settled in Paris, France.
Kiran Ahluwalia & Souad Massi - 2018.April, Seattle (from facebook)


An eclectic celebration of love and diversity through music and dance.
Throughout the ages people have struggled to extend the love and respect offered to those familiar to us to others who are different and unknown - to minorities, immigrants, refugees and other vulnerable members of society. Artists, musicians, and religious and civil leaders alike have all advocated variations of the theme "Love your neighbor" or "Welcome The Stranger." This call to acknowledge the common humanity of all people - and by extension their individual human rights - is a founding principle of modern society.
Kiran Ahluwalia’s LOVEfest combines the talents of sacred and secular artists from both Muslim and Sikh traditions (two communities currently experiencing an alarming rise in hate crimes). Featuring the passionate vocals of Kiran Ahluwalia (from India), inspired Arabic songwriting of Souad Massi (Algeria), combined with traditional Sikh temple singers (here for the first time on the concert stage) and the colorful whirling of Egyptian Tanoura Sufi dancers, LOVEfest illuminates a diverse world of cultural artistic expression; offering performers and audiences alike an opportunity to "Welcome The Stranger."
-- source:

Listen to Kiran and Souad performing Deb (written by Souad)

AHLUWALIA & MASSI - 20180419 Session KEXP

Kiran Ahluwalia & Souad Massi - 2018.Apr.19 KEXP Session
Kiran Ahluwalia: DJ intro / 1.Khafa - Up In Arms / interview / 2.Saat - Seven / interview
Souad Massi: 3.Hayati / interview / 4.Amessa / interview
Ahluwalia & Massi: 5.Deb / DJ outro
bc.2018.Apr.19 in Wo' Pop at KEXP
i know this session is listenable at KEXP and upped on it's youtube channel, but I like this so much that it deserves a separate posting here in Mango Land!

So far they only played together for about a month in the US, I hope that their LOVEfest will go all over the world, and especially those places where it is mostly needed!
Like in Yemen, East-Ukraine & Syria, after peace is agreed between the fighting parties; in Hungary currently under the yoke of xenophobia spread by potential dictator Orban; etc...

Profiter de la musique!
Always EAT them RAW!!!

Friday, 28 December 2018

Habib Koite & Bamada - 2017.Nov.21 - Mulheim WDR3

Habib Koite 2017.Nov.21 in Mulheim (source: Radio WDR3)
Habib Koite was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line* connecting Dakar to Bamako, where his father worked on the construction of the tracks. Six months after his birth, the Koite family returned to the regional capital of west Mali, Kayes, and then to Bamako. Habib comes from a noble line of Khassonke griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events. Habib grew up surrounded by seventeen brothers and sisters, and developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother. He inherited his passion for music from his paternal grandfather who played the kamele n'goni.
On the insistence of his uncle, who recognized Habib's musical talent, he enrolled at the National Institute of Arts (INA) in Bamako, Mali. In 1978, after only six months, he was made conductor of INA Star, the school's prestigious band. He studied music for four years, graduating in 1982. During his studies, Habib had the opportunity to perform and play with a series of recognized Malian artists, including balafon master Keletigui Diabate and Toumani Diabate. Keletigui Diabate was, till his death in 2012, a fulltime member of Habib's band Bamada.
Habib takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni. At other times Habib plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco, two styles he studied under Khalilou Traore a veteran of the legendary Afro-Cuban band Maravillas du Mali. Unlike the griots, his singing style is restrained and intimate with varying cadenced rhythms and melodies.
Mali has rich and diverse musical traditions, with many regional variations and styles particular to local cultures. Habib is unique in bringing together different styles, creating a new pan-Malian approach  The predominant style played by Habib is based on the danssa, a popular rhythm from his native city of Keyes. He calls his version danssa doso, a Bambara term he coined that combines the name of the popular rhythm with the word for hunter's music (doso), one of Mali's most powerful and ancient musical traditions.
In 1988, Habib formed his own group, Bamada (nickname for Bamako residents, roughly meaning "in the mouth of the crocodile"), with young Malian musicians who had been friends since childhood. In 1991, Habib won first prize at the Voxpole Festival in Perpignan, France, which earned him enough money to finance the production of two songs. One of those tracks, "Cigarette A Bana (The Cigarette is Finished)" was a hit throughout West Africa. After the release of another successful single, "Nanale (The Swallow),” Habib received the prestigious Radio France International (RFI) Discoveries prize. This award made it possible for the group to undertake their first tour outside of Africa during the summer of 1994.
In 1995 January Habib met Michel De Bock of Contre-Jour, together they recorded Habib's first album Muso Ko, which became one of the year's most popular in the European World Music Charts. From that point forward, Habib became a fixture on the European festival circuit and began to spread his infectious music and high energy shows around the world.
summarized from

Personal notes: enjoyed several concerts by Habib Koite & Bamada (with Keletigui Diabate!) in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Later years they didn't perform near where I was living then, so haven't seen them recently, but this concert is making me interested again in seeing them perform. Allas not with Keletigui anymore, as he died in 2012 at the respectable age of 81 years (note the thanks from habib to him in the 2007 bonustrack)
*used that train going from Mali to Senegal in the early 1990s, great memories about that travel!!

Listen to Fiamani (incl.thanks to Keletigui) from the 2007 concert

HABIB KOITE 20171121 - Mulheim WDR3

Habib Koite & Bamada - 2017.Nov.21 - Theater an der Ruhr, Mulheim, Germany
setlist: (DJ intro) / 01.I Mada / 02.Terere / (DJ info and interview) / 03.Muso Ko / 04.Foro Bana / 05.Soo / Habib talks German / 06.LA / (DJ info and interview) / 07.Ntadima* / 08.Pulaku* / 09.Need You / 10.Medley - Wassiye - Cigarette a Bana - Kunfe Ta

line-up: Habib Koite - vocals, guitar / Abdoul Wahab Berhe - bass / Issa Kone - guitar, banjo, vocals / Charly Coulibaly - keyboard, vocals / Mama Kone - percussion, vocals / Mahamadou Kone - barra
bc.2018.Jan.22, WDR3 Konzert Klanglandschaft

BONUS: HABIB KOITE 20070913 - Mulheim WDR3

Habib Koite & Bamada - 2007.Sep.13 - Theater an der Ruhr, Mulheim, Germany
tracks: 1.Ma Ya*(incl.thanks to Keletigui!!) / 2.Nteri*

line-up: Habib Koite - vocals, guitar / Keletigui Diabate - balafon, violin / Abdoul Wahab Berhe - bass / Souleymane Ann - drums / Boubacar Sidibe - guitar, harmonica / Mahamdou Kone - barra
broadcasted as bonus after above concert in same program 

update: *corrections of tracks as commented by Ngoni (to be applied after downloading)


1995: Muso Ko (CD, Contre-Jour)
1997: Saramaya 2 (K7, Mali K7)
1998: Ma Ya (CD, Contre-Jour/Putumayo)
2001: Baro (CD, Contre-Jour/Putumayo)
2003: Foly! (live CD, Contre-Jour)
2007: Afriki (CD, Cumbancha/Contre-Jour)
2011: Acoustic Africa In Concert - with Bocoum and Mtukudzi ?(CD/DVD,  Contre-Jour)
2012: Brothers In Bamako - with Eric Bibb (CD, Contre-Jour)
2014: Soo (CD, Contre-Jour)

Enjoy the Show, and don't forget:
'Our Globe is Everybody's
and the Only One We Have!'