Friday, 30 September 2016

Various Mali from K7s (2006)

Follow up of the Guinee K7s radio show, here the one with Mali K7s, which actually was broadcasted by the ConcertZender one week earlier.
mangos for sale en route Bamako - Segou (1992, Mali)
As music from Mali is more known (than from Guinee), there's more info about the artists to find on the interweb. Included the basics in this post with links to more, hope everything provided is correct, if not just let it be known in comments to this post.

Listen to Ramata Diakite live at Montreal Jazz (audio from promo video)


Full Tracklist

1.Salif Keita - Bees (1993, K7, Sirga)
    Sirga K7 (1993, SOS Albino productions) Malian release of "L'Enfant Lion OST"
    Salif Keita discography on
    full K7 on YouTube: a1 / a2 / a3 // b1 / b2 / b3 (thanks Falilou Ndiaye)
    about the film L'Enfant Lion (Sirga): info / trailer
2.Djene Doumbia - Maniamba (1984, K7, Pure Tradition)
    born in Kankan, Guinee, grew up in Ivory Coast in a family of griots,
    recorded and performed concerts with both Salif Keita and Mory Kanté
    'Pure Tradition' was recorded in 1984 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast

    Djene Doumbouya YT channel - Djene with Sadio Orchestra at bandcamp
3.Djeneba Traore - Don Foly (2001, K7, Djon Mine)
    born mid 1970s in Bamako, got musical teaching from her father,
    recorded 'Djon Mine' K7 with Moussa Kone former guitarist with AFT
    (old) info from mali-music:
4.Kandia Kouyate - Mansa Youman (1994, K7, Sa Kunu Sa)
    born 1959(?) in Kita, Mali, became 'ngara' or mastersinger after a long career,
    which seemed to end in 2004, when she suffered a stroke,
    but in 2015 she recorded and returned with a
new album
    biographies: afropop / wiki
5.Mama Draba - Alla Sanouman - 2006 Kedo K7
    born 1968 in Mali in griot family, married with kora player Ballaké Sissoko,
    member of his group Mandé Tabolo (short portrait on
6.Ami Sacko - Mogo Ti Dja Be Ye - 2002 Mali Denw K7
    from Segou, Mali, at the age of 15 she started her musical career by entering
    the competition “Young Discoveries from Ségou”,
    she is married and performs with n'goni player Bassekou Kouyate
    biography at
7.Coumba Sidibe* - Namarato - 2001 Mansa K7
    born in 1950 in Koninko, Mali, died 2009 May 10 in New York
    sung from the age of 7, became in 1977 a member of 'Ensemble Instrumental
    National du Mali', was their first singer to represent folkloric material from
    her native Wassoulou region, later she started her own group Le Super Mansa
    de Wassoulou, which for some time included a young Oumou Sangaré*
8.Ramata Diakite - Yan Mogo - 2000 Confirmation K7
    grew up in the Wassoulou region in southern Mali, her aunt Djénéba Diakité*
    asked Ramata to sing backing vocals on her debut K7
    in 1996 her own debut K7 was a best seller and she became a star in Mali
    2009 Oct 30, after a year-long battle with Hepatitis A, she died in Burkina Faso
post about Ramata's passing / remembering Ramata / discography

note: * Wassoulou singers with tracks on The Wassoulou Sound - Vol.1 / Vol.2

Bien Sure! Il y a des
Mangues Crues en Mali!!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Various Guinee from K7s

Originally I started with a compilation K7 from Guinee, so let's continue with more from that country with tracks by various artists issued on local K7s.

my favourite postcard ever - Danseur Acrobate Peul (1993, Guinee)

In 2006 the ConcertZender radiostation broadcasted a K7 only show about Guinee, I could catch the stream. Have listened to it many times, while trying to gather background info about the artists presented. Well unfortunately there isn't too much on the global interweb, so in this post give you everything I know.

Listen to Sona Tata Conde - Mama Rose (K7)


Full tracklist:

01.Fatima Kandia Sylla - Bomboe (unknown K7) - no info some minimal info
      acc.comments from NGONI and on YT she has died (several years ago);
      to remember her two other lovely tracks: Béréboré / Sabar (rec.source unknown)
02.Kaniba Ouele Kouyate - N'lalila (unknown K7) - two K7s listed at natari
      born in Niagassola, Guinee, now living in Mali;
      her father is the caretaker of authentic mythical balafon of Soumaouro Kanté
      more info in the book Mande Music pg.144-145 (and note 77)
03.Kerfala Kante - AJ VD (1996, K7, Fara Fina) - bio at musiques-afrique
      former member of Tropical Djoli Band, solo since 1992 with 'L'Oiseau de Sankara' K7
04.Papa Diabate - Moussolou (K7, Mossolou) - no info
05.Sona Tata Conde - Mama Rose (K7, Wara Soneya) - short bio at wikipedia
06.Sona Tata Conde - Djeneba (K7, Wara Soneya) -  old info from radio-kankan
07.Sekouba Fatako Kouyate - Kosida Boko Ala (K7, Guigol Djama)
      one of the singers on 'Les Leaders de la Guinée - Various Artists' (2001, CD, Syllart #96125)
      died 2011.Jul.10 in Labe, see 
08.Yaya El Bangou - Dicko (2000, K7, Wo Koberato!!!) - no info
09.Les Espoirs de Coronthie - Bombo Naturelle (2002, K7, Patriote) - bio at musiques-afrique
10.Les Espoirs de Coronthie - Arabama  (2002, K7, Patriote) - their facebook page
      tracks not on detail discography, so must be from debut "Patriote" (2002, K7, self produced)
      hugely popular with their "tradi-moderne" music, hailing from Coronthie district of Conakry
11.Aminata Kamissoko - Ambition (K7, Ambition) - acc.rootsworld from Mali

NOTE: also played Ibro Diabate with L'Islam, NOT included here as previously posted on manguemusic see ibro-diabate-allah-nana-k7-1994

Profiter de la musique! Toujours MANGER


PS: same radio station did similar K7 only shows about other African countries....
....and if anybody knows more, has info, about artists and/or K7s, please comment....

Friday, 16 September 2016

Salimata Diabaté - 2006.Mar.24 - Amsterdam

Now let's go (back) to Guinee/Mali/Senegal with Salimata Diabaté.

2004.Dec.10 at Melkweg Amsterdam (photo by Frans Schellekens, source: gettyimages)
At 2006.Mar.24 she performed with her band in the Tropeninstitute in Amsterdam, the concert was recorded by the ConcertZender and a little later broadcasted on their radio station. I happily could catch it and present it here for your earal enjoyment.

About Salimata Diabaté

source: google translation of entry at
Salimata Diabaté was born 1960 June 27 in Dakar, Senegal. Her parents are griots (djeli or Djali in Mande), so she is griot by inheritance. Salimata's father, El Hadj Djigui Diabaté*, was balafon player and member of the National Instrumental Ensemble of Guinea, her mother Kadiatou Kouyaté is a singer. From her second year Salimata learned singing and dancing from her father, and when she was nine she performed for the first time in public with a group from Conakry. In 1970 she became dancer in the dance group of the army of Guinea, and sings and dances in the National Ballet of Guinea. With this company she first toured through West Africa and in the course of the 1970s, she travelled to Europe, the former Soviet Union and Cuba.
In 1977 Salimata Diabaté returned to Dakar. There she first became a member of the National Ballet of Senegal, in 1980 the Mansour Gueye Ballet and then Daniel Sorano's National Theatre. She played a role in the production 'Siege Of Dakar Linguere' by the National Ballet. In 1982 Diabaté began her solo career and eventually settled in the Netherlands. Since 1985 she travels with her ensemble Africa Salimata along the European concert and festival stages.
In 2004, a DVD appears with Salimate Diabate's performance at the Palais du Peuple in Conakry, Guinee. The same year her album Djigui is recorded in Paris, on which she is accompanied by ngoni, kora and percussion. On the album are songs and music from the griot tradition, together with her own songs with lyrics about social issues and personal experiences. The opening song is a tribute to her deceased father. In 2006 is released the CD Live Acoustic, recorded during her European tour.
Note: *in the RTG Syliphone archive are some 13 recordings from Diabaté, Djigui (probably Salimata's father) with wonderful balafon playing, wanna listen start with the first track Djamadjigui

Listen to a track from Salimata's concert:

Salimata Diabaté - 2006.Mar.24 - Tropeninstituut Amsterdam

setlist: 1.improvisation kora / 2.Djembe intro / 3.Boro Rokolon Ti Lola / 4.An Nou Nara / 5.Dunya / 6.Djoula Diabatela / 7.improvisation percussion / 8.Mankanbora - hunters song / 9.Saboui Nan Khame Ra / 10.Soumou //

bonus: Arafan Toure Group (live at unknown date, but could very well be from 2000 in Melkweg Amsterdam, recorded by ConcertZender)
source: broadcast 2006.Aug.04, ConcertZender Live

musicians: Salimata Diabaté - vocals / Adama Conde - arranger, balafon / Mohamed Alpha Camara - congas / Ansoumane Kante - djembe / Habib Kante - drums / Leiba Conde - guitar / Madou Diabate - solo guitar / Sekou Diabate - bass guitar / Fanta Diabate - chorus / Aminata Kouyate - chorus / Djibril Diabate - kora


2004: Live In Africa - Palais du Peuple in Conakry (DVD, label unknown)
2005: Djigui (CD, African World Music #AWM.00104)
2006: Live Acoustic - European Tour (CD, label unknown)
2011: Kolokagni (CD, African World Music #AWN.006)

Watch Salimate (all from awmmusic)

In GUINEE they sure EAT them RAW!!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - track (1994)

Scaning through my archive found a (to the previous post) related live track:
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party - Musst Musst
  • 1994.Oct.07, Live at Town Hall New York (from the WMI Archives - unreleased)
  • source: 2010.Jan.30, WFMU Transpacific Sound Paradise - World Music Institute 25th Anniversary Archival Retrospective
Listen here (or download at soundcloud):

related pictutre from the next year's 1995.Oct.08 concert in the same Town Hall

source: gettyimages

Monday, 12 September 2016

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - 1993.Nov.06 Music Meeting

Now let's move to some music from another part of our earthly globe, Pakistan.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn 1993.Aug.14 at
Central Park Summerstage in New York City
source: gettyimages
Some months ago I posted a K7 from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and now I have for you a concert recording from him and his Party recorded 1993.Nov.06 at the Music Meeting Festival in Nijmegen, Holland. I catched two broadcasts from this concert by Dutch Radio6 in 2010, actually both had the same songs, with only differences in the intro/outro's. So have selected the most complete versions.

The only thing I found about this concert is that is was voted #4 in the list of Best Concerts of the Music Meeting (voting held in 2014 with the 30th aniversary of the festival, see facebook item).
The top 3 was actually: 1.Salif Keita & Les Ambassadeurs (1985) / 2.Youssou N’Dour (1992) / 3.Baaba Maal & Daande Lenol (1988), well that's not a bad list!! Anybody any recordings of these???

Unfortunately I couldn't find any further info nor pictures of this concert, so included some pictures from 1993 concert in New York.

KHAN NFA 19931106 - Music Meeting Nijmegen (bc.R6-2010)

setlist: 1.Allah Hoo Allah Hoo / 2.Ali Da Malang / 3.Mera Ganj-e-Shakkar / 4.Akhiyan Udeek Diyan / (DJ outro)

many thanks to the kind people at for help with the setlist

In Pakistan (and India) they EAT them RAW also!!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Two Kantés from Mali & Guinee

In between preparing new posts found about two interesting releases by Kantés issued in my summerbreak.

Nakany Kanté

The first one from Guinee (and Spain): Nakany Kanté with Naka (2016).
Since 2009 she's living in Barcelona, and this seems to be her 2nd album already (english bio) after her debut EP.
Live performance of the song "Djanfa" included in the new album "Naka."

More to listen and watch:

Vieux Kanté

The second one from Mali: Vieux Kanté with The Young Man's Harp (2016).
Vieux Kanté, real name Noumoussa Soumaoro, born in 1974 in the Sikasso region in south-west Mali and blind from childhood, mastered to play the kamalé ngoni aka. young man's harp. He developed his instrument from the original 6 to his 12 strings and, as he stated himself, could even play notes although they were not on his instrument "by doing those himself, using his own head".

Vieux Kanté solo on n'goni - LOVE THIS ONE!! where's this from?? is there more??

He was he was considered one of the most dynamic and accomplished solo players in Mali, leading his own band and had recorded a cassette (K7). Unfortunately after a sudden illness Vieux Kanté died unexpectedly in 2005, only 31 years of age. The K7 recorded shortly before his death is now, 11 years later, released internationally by Sterns Music titled The Young Man's Harp.
Curious if the recorded K7 has been in the local market stalls in 2005 in Mali, and if the new release is the pure original or if it has been toyed with for the international 2016 market?

More about Vieux Kanté:
PS: there seems more by Vieux Kanté (recorded 2001.Dec.10 at Bamako by Vincent Dorléans) available since 2013 at bandcamp

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

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Orchestra Baobab - 2008.Sep.12 Pure Jazz The Hague NL

Had this post almost completed before my "summerbreak", so with almost 2 months delay I have for you a 2008 concert by Orchestra Baobab.

Top band on Pure Jazz 2008: the legendary Orchestra Baobab from Senegal, Cuban swing and traditional West African music in a group catchy sound. Especially the cheerful and colorful tenor saxophonist Issa Cissoko made ​​a party and sought all the time eye contact with the audience. (sources: flickr - flickr)

Apart from above pictures didn't find much about the Pure Jazz Festival (seems 2008 was the last edition), so here short something about (Orchestra) Baobab:

In the early 1970s Barthelemy Attiso, born in Togo, was living as a law student in Dakar, in his free time he had learned himself to play guitar. Together with Balla Sidibe, Medoune Diallo and Issa Cissoko he started a band called Orchestre Saf Mounadem. Soon they could get a residency at the recently opened Baobab Club in Dakar, so they recruited some more members, mostly former musicians rom the Star Band and changed their name to Orchestra Baobab. They played Afro-Cuban music and as a multi-ethnic and multi-national band they fused this with their own traditions, like harmonies and drumming from Casamance (in southern Senegal), melodies from Togo and Morocco and Wolof tradition from northern Senegal. Till 1985 they recorded some 20 albums and when in 1979 the Club Baobab closed its doors the band succesfully sought new venues to play. In the meantime a new style of music, called Mbalax, had developed and steadily gained popularity, so that in the mid 1980s Orchestra Baobab with their Afo-Cuban based music were considered 'old fasioned'. This resulted in a break-up of the band, some members forming or joining other groups, and Barthelemy Attisso even returning to Togo to practice law.
After their break-up some of their albums were released in Europe, these got much critical acclaim and sold reasonably well outside Senegal. In 2001 at instigation of their English record label and successful Mbalax musician Youssou N'Dour they came together again and started preparing for an international come-back tour. This tour was so succesful that they decided to continue with the band and since then they have made regular tours around the world and even some new recordings. During one of those tours they played at the Pure Jazz Festival in The Hague, Holland.

Listen to the first track

BAOBAB-20080912_Pure Jazz The Hague CZ

setlist: setlist: 1.Sutukum / 2.Dee Moo Wor / 3.improvisation / 4.Nijaay / 5.Colette / 6.Bul Ma Miin / 7.Utru Horas / 8.Gnawoe

In '3.improvisation' I noticed a rhythmic pattern (clave), which is also used in Ko Sira by Oumou Sangare, learned this pattern a long time ago from a drummer interested in all sorts of rhythms, it goes like this (in which X = hit and - = pause):

If you like to start learning this one best use both hands as shown under under, in which Capitals are Hits (X) and lower cases are dummies (-).
If split this up, first eight above and last eight under, you'll see that no Hit is at the same point in time, that's what makes this simple pattern more difficult than you think at first to learn and keep in time. But when you've mastered it, you'll always keep it with you and recognise when used in music.
(more info and background here)

Summarised Discography (detailed disco in download)

1972: Laye Thiam / Saf Mounadem (LP) - at adunablog
           side B by Saf Mounadem, later renamed Ba(w)obab
1972: Baobab - 2xLP (Baobab #BAO)
1975: Bawobab - 5xLP (Disques Buur #BRLP) - at gg BRLP.003 and BRLP.005
1977: Bawobab - 2xLP (Music Afrique #MSCLP) - at gg MSCLP.002 - found MSCLP.001
1978: Baobab a Paris - 2xLP+12" (Abou Ledoux #ASL) - at gg vol.1 and vol.2
1979: Baobab Succes 79 (LP, Disc Afrique #DARL001)
1980: Baobab - 2xLP (Jambaar #JM) - found link JM.5004
1982: Baobab - 2xK7 - Vol.1&2 (M'Baye Gueye)
1982: Baobab - Ken Dou Werente (LP) comp.1982 K7s
1986: Baobab Guygui - Mame Diarra Bousso (K7, Studio 2000)
198x: Baobab de Dakar 86 - 3xK7 (various labels) - found link SYL.83105
2002: Specialist In All Styles (CD, World Circuit) old songs rerecorded
2007: Made In Dakar (CD, World Circuit / Nonesuch Records)
Comp: N'Wolof (1998, CD, Dakar Sound DKS 014) mostly prev.unr.1970-71
Comp: VA - Senegal 70 (2015, Analog Africa) incl.2 prev.unr.Baobab tracks
Re-Comp: Pirates Choice - 1982 K7s (1989, CD) (2001, 2CD) / On Verra Ca - 1978 Paris Sessions (1992, CD) / Bamba - 1980 LPs (1993, CD) / Roots And Fruit (1999, CD) / A Night At Club Baobab (2006, CD) / Classic Titles (2007, CD) / Belle Epoque 1971-77 (2009, 2CD) / Belle Epoque Vol.2 1973-76 (2011, 2CD)
Re-K7s: Baobab - Vol.1/2/3/4 - 1972-75 tracks (198x, Bellot) - vol.2/3 at wrldsrv

Baobab to watch while downloading:

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