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African Guitar Heroes
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African Guitar Heroes

Let’s take a few tours and detours all over the continent to discover some of its guitar masters. To hear them at their best you often have to wait until the 1st verse or chorus is over; wait for the song to bloom and for the guitarist to rise.

The return of the great Toumani Diabaté, an enduring soloist and humanist
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The return of the great Toumani Diabaté, an enduring soloist and humanist

Toumani Diabaté has joined forces with the London Symphony Orchestra for the album Kôrôlén, a sumptuous blend of kora and classical music. “Kôrôlén” means “ancestral” in the Mandingo family of languages. The term is therefore […]

Oumou Sangaré unveils acoustic version of “Kamelemba”
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Oumou Sangaré unveils acoustic version of "Kamelemba"

Though there was no ceremony, the great songstress of Malian music has been presented with the French Sacem Grand Prix by singer Aya Nakamura for her acoustic album that blended modern vocals with traditional instruments. […]

Aratan N’Akalle’s offer Tamasheq blues on “Bariz”
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Aratan N'Akalle's offer Tamasheq blues on "Bariz"

Forced to flee the crisis in the north of Mali, these “children of the country” met in refugee camps in 2012. It was the music of their Tamasheq culture, part of Mali’s cultural heritage, that […]

The Djeli ngoni player Kandiafa releases new single “L’Arab”
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The Djeli ngoni player Kandiafa releases new single "L'Arab"

Abdoulaye Koné, aka Kandiafa, unveils a new track from his forthcoming third album entitled PLANTING TREES, imagined as a return to the roots of his instrument. After having mixed Mandingo culture with country music in […]

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Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions
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Oumou Sangaré announces Acoustic, an album recorded under live conditions

The label No Format! announces the release of an exclusive album by Oumou Sangaré, called “Acoustic”. It was recorded under live conditions where the purity of her voice and that of the instruments shine through. The album will be released on June 19th.

Bamba wassoulou Groove unveils the new video clip for their upcoming album, Dankélé
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Bamba wassoulou Groove unveils the new video clip for their upcoming album, Dankélé

“Dankélé” is the new clip from Bamba Wassoulou Groove’s eponymous album, which will be released on March 27th. Formed in 2013 in Bamako, the group is composed of six musicians (three guitars, a bass, drums, and […]

Béla Fleck joins forces once again with Toumani Diabaté on new album, The Ripple Effect
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Béla Fleck joins forces once again with Toumani Diabaté on new album, The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect marks the reunion on record of two great musicians, on one side the American banjo master Béla Fleck, and on the other the fabulous Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté. Bela Fleck announced the […]