Saturday, December 06, 2008

Issa new twist


MALIAN musician Issa Bagayogo's latest LP, Mali Koura, is the musical equivolent of Sicily or Sardinia.
A stepping stone between European and African culture, the album ties the traditional musical forms of his homeland - made famous by musicians such as legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure and blind couple Amadou Et Mariam's pop crossover - with a European electronic dancefloor twist.
That said, tracks like Tcheni Tchemakan and N'Tana would be more at home in the chillout lounge than the main dance arena, with their subtle production and laid-back beats.
An easy 'in' to one of Africa's most vibrant and productive musical cultures, Mali Koura makes a welcome vacation from the UK scene.

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