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!'

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck 1988-2008 Acoustic

Exactly a year ago I made my first post about music by Baaba Maal, now a follow-up with only acoustic recordings of Baaba together with his friend Mansour Seck.
Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck - 2004 in New York (source: gettyimages)

Listen to a track from the absolutely classic 1988 session

BAABA MAAL 1988-2008 Acoustic Recordings

Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck - 1988.Nov.03 - BBC Radio 1 Session
rpt.2017.Nov.03, BBC 6music Live Hour [audio in m4a at 320]
tracklist: 1.Delouya / 2.Mamadou Moussa / 3.Yela
note: probably there is a 4th track is this session, but not broadcasted in this repeat (IF SOMEBODY HAS THIS, or knows sure there isn't a 4th, please reply to this post, thanks in advance)
session first broadcasted 1988.Nov.10 by Andy Kershaw in his BBC Radio 1 show
this recording is also uploaded on youtube, but mine direct from the best quality BBC radio stream available in the past...

Baaba Maal - 2008.Jun.21 - Dutch Radio 6 Acoustic Session
tracklist: acoustic session (15min, uncut) / interview (14min, after session) [mp3 at 320]
note: recordings made in afternoon before closing concert of the 2008 Amsterdam Roots Festival and broadcasted on Dutch Radio 6 in special Festival radio show

In between above: an acoustic surprise recorded in Baaba Maal's home

As stated in last year's post, there's enough info to find on the internet about Baaba Maal, with or without Mansour Seck, here just a few links to main info:
... and another acoustic session to listen to:

planning to post in this festive period each day, so stay tuned and...

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