Binta Laly et son Ensemble

Um wow, bet you can’t find something more angular and harsh yet cleansing in your record collection. Guinean guitar heroes plus soulful vocals on blinding overdrive, tastefully and relentlessly rendered throughout. I can’t get over this and want to know more but can’t find much info (I believe this is not the same Binta Laali / Laly as Binta Laly Sow the Guinean singer whose music I love and DJ often, but I could be wrong, let me know).

Side A

Cinquante Six


Walado Folaye

Side B


Mifaala Waynaade

Miyaray Horoya

Milumbay Dyooni

16 responses to “Binta Laly et son Ensemble”

  1. Gregg says:

    Am I the first to say AWESOME. This is the exact style of music you just cant get anywhere else.

  2. peter says:

    Nice, thanks so much, Brian! Just a heads up, I think track 5 might be corrupted.. Mine is cut off at :47, tried downloading a few times. Anyone else having the same problem?

  3. mangue says:

    Thanks, great K7!
    Looking to the picture in this video , for my 5 cents Binta Laali/Laly and Binta Laly Sow are one and the same, called “the grand vedette of Fulbé music”.
    If you want to know more, best contact Radio Africa – – Graeme Counsel, the man with knowledge about music from Guinea.

  4. mangue says:

    same problem fro me with track 5 [Mifaala Waynaade], tracks mutes from 0:47 till end [5:18]

  5. says:

    This is a wonderful recording but, yes, Track 5 [ 05_BintaLaali_MifaalaWaynaade.wav ] is only 47 secs. long.

    Its ID3 tags are missing, as well.

  6. Matthew says:

    Damn, Brian. This is a fantastic cassette. These are the kinds of recordings that get me the most excited. Thanks so much for sharing. I am looking forward to the Nahawa reissue.

  7. Brian Shimkovitz says:

    thanks for checking it out, this tape is blazing.

  8. ngoni says:

    Hi Brian, there is only one Binta Laali Sow in the world, the difference in writing is due to the long vowels in the Haal Pular language, which are transcribed in the text as repeated vowels, there is also a male singer in Guinea named Saran with a voice similar to Binta Laali Sow, which is known as Binta Laali Saran.Binta Laali Sow in Pular or Binta Laly Sow in Malinké are the same person.

  9. Graeme says:

    Hi everyone.
    Greetings from Australia.
    I am after more information on the song “Cinquante Six”, or ’56” as it is sometimes written. Many (Fulbe) artists recorded this song but I don’t know anything about what it means. Does it refer to 1956? Any info would be appreciated.

  10. Graeme says:

    I have recordings of the song by: Seydi Böbö, Mory Kante, Binta Laali Saran, Binta Laali Sow, Ensemble Binta Laoubhe, Ensemble Folklorique Dinguiraye, Ensemble Folklorique de Mamadou Billou Diallo, Ensemble de Amadou Laabha Diina, Ensemble Folklorique de Mariama Kankalabé, Babakar Laliyabé Baldé, and by Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté…

  11. ngoni says:

    It would be really interesting to find out the story of that so popular song, I can add to that list of recordings, The HADJ DJELI SORY KOUYATE that attributes it to “Mamadou Bah Sadio”,also Mohamed Saidou Sow, Ali Farka Touré (Cinquante six), Fula Flute, and Saramba Kouyaté.

    Ali Farka Touré commented that the song was from the Golden age of Guinéa, just before independence.

    There is an important event in Guinea in 1956, the creation of the “Union Générale des Travailleurs d’Afrique Noire”, but I don’t know if it will have anything to do with it.

  12. eric says:

    one of the best tapes i’ve heard this year. i need more music like this in my life. thanks for sharing. hope you have more raw tapes like this.

  13. Ken says:

    Hello, I might be being dumb here, but I cannot figure out how to download the tracks.Any help appreciated.

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