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Jama ko by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

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Label: OutHere Records
Mali's Kouyaté managed this album amid blackouts and a rebel troop-sponsored coup, plugging in his electrified ngoni and deploying wild distortion pedals in an uplifting and multicultural song cycle. Fela-like organ jabs ("Ne Me Fatigue Pas"), slow blues (Taj Mahal guest spot "Poye 2"), and wah-wah solos acknowledge Kouyate's fellow African compatriots. But there's also traditional Malian numbers, like "Wagadou" reconfigured as something approximating chamber pop. And throughout, the presence of Bassekou's two sons and wife stand as testimony to the comforts of family during times of upheaval.

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Mali's Kouyaté managed this album amid blackouts and a rebel troop-sponsored coup, plugging in his electrified ngoni and deploying wild distortion pedals in an uplifting and multicultural song cycle. Fela-like organ jabs ("Ne Me Fatigue Pas"), slow blues (Taj Mahal guest spot "Poye 2"), and wah-wah solos acknowledge Kouyate's fellow African compatriots. But there's also traditional Malian numbers, like "Wagadou" reconfigured as something approximating chamber pop. And throughout, the presence of Bassekou's two sons and wife stand as testimony to the comforts of family during times of upheaval.

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About This Album

Mali's Kouyaté managed this album amid blackouts and a rebel troop-sponsored coup, plugging in his electrified ngoni and deploying wild distortion pedals in an uplifting and multicultural song cycle. Fela-like organ jabs ("Ne Me Fatigue Pas"), slow blues (Taj Mahal guest spot "Poye 2"), and wah-wah solos acknowledge Kouyate's fellow African compatriots. But there's also traditional Malian numbers, like "Wagadou" reconfigured as something approximating chamber pop. And throughout, the presence of Bassekou's two sons and wife stand as testimony to the comforts of family during times of upheaval.