Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Habib Koite, Bamada|
Foly Live Around the World
Genres: World Music, Pop
Those who've experienced Habib Koité & Bamada will recall a hot set with the energetic leader playing to the crowd and his own musicians. Recording three studio albums since 1995, the singer/guitarist now returns with a li... more »
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Those who've experienced Habib Koité & Bamada will recall a hot set with the energetic leader playing to the crowd and his own musicians. Recording three studio albums since 1995, the singer/guitarist now returns with a live double-disc collection recorded during a 2002 European tour. There are no unreleased songs included, but Koité and his crack band take many of these tunes past the 10-minute mark, displaying a loose live chemistry that is dazzling, particularly on the 16-minute "Kunfeta," where each band member is introduced. Incorporating a breadth of Malian musical traditions, the group's sound emphasizes Koité's acoustic guitar, percussion (particularly Kélétigui Diabaté's balafon playing), and vocals. These are intricately woven together into a shimmying West African groove. Leaving the fireworks to fellow musicians and his own guitar work, Koité's voice is understated by Malian standards, simmering with wistful emotion. This is truly a fine document of the great group's transcendent live shows. --Tad Hendrickson
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o dubhthaigh | north rustico, pei, canada | 01/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great CD this is, as faithfully and as beautifully recorded with an absolutely perfect balance among the instruments, voices and dynamics! For the uninitiated, Habib Koite is one of the most original guitarists to have emerged in the last few years. His finger picking is extraordinarily lyrical and his original songs are among the most captivating you'll ever hear in any discipline. An incredible musician and writer, an expressive singer and an absolutely enchanting performer, Koite has assembled a protean group of colleagues to bring his music to life in concert, and this document tracks him over a European tour playing to audiences who succumb totally to the wonders of theis Malian artist.
I can think of few others who have burst upon the field of music with such grace and command of their art! If you are familiar with any of his CDs, you will exalt at this live set. Songs find new directions, as the improvisations evolve in turns and twists as mysterious as the Malian tradition of griot prophecy. As you listen to this set, you'll find yourself wishing you were there. Highlights include "Bitile" "Muso Ko", "Wassiye" and "Cigarette Abanna". But the whole concert is a marvel. If you have had it with the endless parade of hip hop pablum and the dulling monotony of almost all music out of Los Angeles or New York, turn your ears here. The record company hegemony ends on the shores of Mali, and you'll find yourself connecting with a trance-like tradition that came to America and became the fertile delta of jazz, blues and rock. This is not college radio world music. This IS MUSIC itself of the highest order and deepest passion.
FOLY is the front runner for the best CD of 2004!"
A. Stannard | Arizona | 02/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't appreciate Habib et al when I first heard them on a compilation. However, I had the opportunity to see the band live a few years ago. I was blown away. I have never seen such enegry on a stage, especially by the drummers. This album captures the brilliance and dynamic nature of a very impressive and underrated group. It's the next best thing to seeing them live."
Good sound...great show
Aaron Paul Gersonde | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I listen to a lot of live CDs, and was discouraged to read the review that said this was of "terrible sound quality". I've listened to both discs a few times and believe the sound quality is actually really great for a live recording. Crowd noise is very minimal and the mix (levels) of instruments is very true to being at a Habib show (excellent experience, by the way). Great discs to add to any collection."