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Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita
Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita
Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita
Genre: World Music
 
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 char...  more »

      
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All Artists: Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita
Title: Les Ambassadeurs Internationales featuring Salif Keita
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 11/8/2008
Genre: World Music
Styles: Africa, Caribbean & Cuba, Afro-Cuban
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661505322, 011661505346, 011661505322

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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 of a track like "Kolangoman") 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. Compiled from the band's Malian releases, it offers a good cross-section of what they achieved (however, it's worth noting that "Mousso Gnaleden" was recorded after Keita's departure with a different vocalist), and how they could indulge in a song without it ever being forced. An absolute delight. --Chris Nickson

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CD Reviews

African big band. Great sound
M. Flumo | 12/10/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is five tracks from a mid-70's big band in Mali, West Africa. Salif Keita fronts the band on four of the five tracks. Great vocals, great horns. Unfortunately, the recording isn't great, but it doesn't hide the brilliant music. These guys were great. I think they played in a renovated train station in Bamako, Mali during the seventies. Would have been so cool to have seen them. I've had this disc for two years and I still listen to it all the time. Can't understand a word that they're saying, but it's too cool. One of my favorite discs. It's tough to find Les Ambassadeurs music. This disc has got some of their best stuff. You'll love it."
Masterpiece!
M. Flumo | 01/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is my favorite. Every single song is unique. You don't have to understand a word Salif Keita or anyone on the album says, their music is transcending and beautiful. For all the Salif Keita fans, this is a MUST have. For those who aren't fans yet, this would be a great intro. to the band Les Ambassadeurs and Salif Keita."