Dienstag, 5. Juli 2016

Les Ambassadeurs ‎– Dance Music From West Africa

After first breaking into the Malian music scene with the Super Rail Band, Salif Keita left to help form Les Ambassadeurs. The strong Cuban influence in the music (obvious not only in the rhythms, but also in the horn charts) helped bring them local fame in the mid-'70s before Keita embarked on a solo career. With some stunning, but laid-back, guitar work from Kante Manfila, this record moves at a wonderful pace, never straining at the leash, but more danceable than 12 albums of funk. An absolute delight. --Chris Nickson

Though it's billed as "Dance Music From West Africa" (these folkie labels, anything for a buck), what you notice is more for the ears than the feet--the emotional range of Mali tenor Salif Keita, a far more stirring singer than the renowned Rochereau, and the way Kante Manfila's guitar anchors synth here and horns there. Gorgeous. And if you wonder what Keita's emoting about, read the notes. He doesn't much like war, prefers past leaders to present, hopes the poor man's prayers will be answered but que sera sera, praises not just cops but also informers for combating the drug scourge, and passionately opposes the newfangled practice of men marrying women older than themselves. Oh well. - R. Christgau

Had the chance to see them playing live on stage a year ago. It was a wonderful evening...
 

Les Ambassadeurs ‎– Dance Music From West Africa
(320 kbps, cover art included)

8 Kommentare:

martinf hat gesagt…

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Bryce Midas hat gesagt…

Can you reup? Can't wait to hear this gem!

zero hat gesagt…

Now there´s a fresh link. Greetings!

Lucky hat gesagt…

Thanks for this, zero. I expect something a bit like 1970's Orchestra Baobab, whom I adore like hell.

Tach auch, martinf - Ewigkeiten her, seit sich unsere Wege gekreuzt haben. Beide lebendig und unterwegs, wie es scheint. Einen schönen Gruß von Hamburg nach Hannover.

zero hat gesagt…

Yes, Lucky, Orchestra Baobab is a firm lead... hope you enjoy the music. Best wishes to Hamburg!

Lucky hat gesagt…

Well, it doesn't even come close to the Baobab magic, to be true. But this is from 1984, and I yet have to hear something by Salif Keita that moves me, really. But worth a try, nonetheless - cheers! :)

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for your feedback. Let us know if you find your Salif Keita album... Greetings!

Lucky hat gesagt…

Stern's mid-70's compilation is great music! Found it here:
http://gps-sonoro.blogspot.com/2014/09/les-ambassadeurs-du-motel-de-bamako.html

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