Saturday, October 31, 2009



Side 1

Side 2

Another smokey-sweet recording from this intriguing Egyptian diva. See also this other Shadia post.

Saturday, October 10, 2009


Samaya Djely dite Mah Kouyate no. 1—Vol. 1

Face A
Sira Djeli

Face B
Ssanga N'ngnogote
Fila Djole

Some of my favorite Mandingo griot music from Mali. The electric kora rises to particularly gratifying heights throughout (don't you dare hate on electric kora, my dudes). Meanwhile Kouyate's voice—thick as a tree trunk, light as a feather—turns emotional straw into gold before our ears.

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