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

Madresa

Walado Folaye

Side B

Sama

Mifaala Waynaade

Miyaray Horoya

Milumbay Dyooni

18 Comments

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Greggreply
August 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

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

peterreply
August 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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?

manguereply
August 25, 2019 at 4:26 am

Thanks, great K7!
Looking to the picture in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOH87nPQg3U , 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 – radioafrica.com.au – Graeme Counsel, the man with knowledge about music from Guinea.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
September 3, 2019 at 11:31 pm
– In reply to: mangue

yeah ive gone back and forth on this one for a long time and haven’t bothered asking someone like Graeme so far, good call!

Brian Shimkovitzreply
September 3, 2019 at 11:32 pm
– In reply to: mangue

my other tapes by Binta Laly Sow are so different though, so I gotta ask to be sure. if anyone knows…

manguereply
August 25, 2019 at 4:32 am

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

ata.afreply
August 27, 2019 at 7:05 am

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.

Brian Shimkovitzreply
September 3, 2019 at 11:30 pm
– In reply to: ata.af

fixed it, thanks!

Matthewreply
August 30, 2019 at 12:36 am

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.
best
Matthew

Brian Shimkovitzreply
September 6, 2019 at 10:53 am

thanks for checking it out, this tape is blazing.

ngonireply
September 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm

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.

Graemereply
October 8, 2019 at 12:27 am

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.
Cheers,
Graeme

Graemereply
October 9, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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…

ngonireply
October 10, 2019 at 2:26 pm

@Graeme
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.

ericreply
November 10, 2019 at 12:50 pm

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.

Kenreply
June 25, 2020 at 11:41 am

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

Tommy Vad Funderud-Flaatenreply
August 8, 2020 at 4:58 am

For Ken: Hey, I think you just right click the names of the tracks, which are links, and click “download linked file” or something like that. :) Or just click the tracks and the download might start. But yeah every individual track is downloadable, but no whole-album-download-button… <3

Kenreply
August 23, 2020 at 11:09 am

Thank you , just downloaded the tracks. I’m trying to track down a copy of the cassette, it may take some time.

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