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Malian Legend Oumou Sangaré Glows in Stripped-down Arrangements on 'Acoustic'

On Acoustic, Oumou Sangaré's inner world shines through with particular clarity as the Songbird of Wassoulou performs stripped-down arrangements of some of the most powerful tracks she's recorded over the last 30 years.

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Boubacar Traoré: Dounia Tabolo

Mali's last original bluesman, Boubacar Traoré, takes a trip to the Mississippi Delta on trans-Atlantic triumph Dounia Tabolo.

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Leila Gobi: 2017

On new album 2017, Afropop artist Leila Gobi is a one-woman sugar rush.

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Rokia Traoré: Né So

With her latest album, Malian singer-songwriter Traoré has made something beautiful and moving from the traumas of war and personal crises

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Benyoro: Benyoro

A razor-sharp group of six instrumentalists founded by a Californian who plays djeli n'goni and guitar.

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Oumar Konate: Addoh

Plenty of grinding jangle on the debut solo album from this talented Malian guitarist.

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Anansy Cissé: Mali Overdrive

Execution is king here.

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Spirit of the Sahara: An Interview with Tinariwen

As guitarist and singer Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni explained sagely, Tinariwen's music has a global message.

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Habib Koité / Eric Bibb: Brothers in Bamako

Two musicians merging with as little friction as possible.

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Alhousseini Anivolla: Anewal / The Walking Man

The latest in a surge of guitar music from the western Sahara region.

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Sibiri Samake: Dambe Foli

System Krush has done the right thing and given us tracks that are long.

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Mamani Keita: Gagner L'Argent Français

The Malian singer stays steady and firm at the centre while the Frenchman roams baroque around her, fascinated by her ringing treelike isolation.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

The boundary for this compilation is huge, and surrounds all of Africa, a continent with more guitarists and guitar styles than anyone can easily count.

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Madina N'Diaye: Bimogow

Madina N'Diaye plays an elegant kora.

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Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970 - 1979

It's starting to feel -- heady delusion -- as if the rest of the globe is going to be able to relive 1970s West Africa completely just by bouncing from label to label.

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Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou

The sound of a man in no hurry and his patient guitar, which is less imperious than the guitar of Touré.

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Donso: Donso

Donso has a happy-kora feel -- golden and intricate.

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Khaïra Arby: Timbuktu Tarab

What's unfamiliar here is Arby herself, driving everything forward at a coruscating pace.

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Salif Keita: La Différence

The sound is so steady and so fluid that it might have turned to mush if it didn't have so many strong and piquant things bearing it up.

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Bako Dagnon: Sidiba

The album searches for a framework that will suit its star, trying this and that, probing. It wants to sell her, but how?

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Tinariwen: 19.Feb.2010 - Brooklyn

Tinariwen paid a visit to Brooklyn's Bell House this past February.

Vijith Assar
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Oumou Sangaré: Seya

Oumou Sangaré has surpassed herself.

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Amadou and Mariam: Welcome to Mali

If Amadou and Mariam's last album felt like a shift in the couple's career, then Welcome to Mali feels like an even greater one.

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Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko: Africa to Appalachia

The kora, with its lacelike and intricate patterns of notes, is the more attention-catching instrument, and you could easily forget that this album is a partnership and start to think of it as a Mansa Sissoko project.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali

An album that is paradoxically almost redundant and almost perfect.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth

An American jazz singer ventures to Mali and achieves an African/jazz meld of the first order.

Will Layman
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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Segu Blue

If Kouyaté is trying to turn himself into the Diabaté of the ngoni, an innovator who takes ancient instruments and tunes and moves them forward, then he's going about it in the right way.

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Tinariwen: Aman Iman

Tinariwen plays rock guitar with a rangy American sound, broad and lazy and slow.

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Desert Trance

These are the sort of flowers that bloom in the Sahara Desert: thumb pianos, distorted amps, muddy blues, and traditional chants.

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Tartit: Abacabok

Comparisons between Tartit and the better-known Tinariwen seem inevitable, but, really, there's no reason why one should be confused with the other, or why you shouldn't like both in different ways.

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Tinariwen: The Radio Tisdas Sessions

This debut album by Tinariwen, also known as the Tuareg Rebel Blues Band, can seem the antithesis of Western pop music, even that generated by the engines currently driving the world music markets.

Barbara Flaska

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