Born in Burkina Faso, Mamadou Diabate, the balafon soloist and composer of the Masaba Kan album is a fundamental character in the World/Ethno music arena.
On this release, Mamadou and Percussion Mania deliver thirteen compositions with audacious dialogues. They captivate us with stimulating soundscapes tying the intervals between Afro-Cuban and Contemporary melodies.
On "Fenba" the band waves clever constructions with notable blue like excursions while in "Son Mi Te Ne La", they alternate the outline with a crossbreed Ethno ride featuring Madou's exquisite balafon chords.
"Tonton Tanti" is groomed with Afro-Cuban intervals. On "Sanji" the master whorl the pitch into a pop circuit whereas in "Danga" he propels the band into a rocky opus, colored with intricacy.
With an improv elan, maintained by talented bassist Juan Garcia Herreros, the twain carry out splendid and luxuriant phrases with progressive elements on "Dgo So".
Abdoulaye Dembele, Saydou and Zakaria Kone finely discharge an union of ethnic textures through "Masaba Kan", "Djeli Luba" and "Duniya Yelemana", three ear-catching pieces. Kandy Guira indulge the listener with beautiful vocals; Karim Sanou cast brewed percussion into the collective.
Via the sound, Mamadou Diabaté and Percussion Mania bring up a holy bearing that floats across the album illustrating authentic story-tale fashion, talkative rhythms and sincere grooves. Highly recommended!
Personnel : Abdoulaye Dembele (dunduns, ngoni), Juan Garcia Herreros (bass), Karim Sanou (djembe, calebass, vocal), Mamadou Diabate (balafon, djembe, lunga, dundun, vocal), Saydou (balafon), Zakaria Kone (djembe, kora), Kandy Guira (vocals).
Tracks : Masaba Kan, Duniya Yelemana, Tonton Tanti, Femba, Son Min Te Ne La, Sanji, Na Ni Fa, Danga, Djeli Luba, Jigiya, Dgo So, Sini Lo.
Website : www.mamadoudiabate.com
Label : Jazzhaus Records
Style : World/Ethno
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