Music from Mali – Samba Toure

Recorded at Studio Mali in Bamako, in the autumn of 2012, Samba is joined by his regular band members Djimé Sissoko (n’goni ) and Madou Sanogo (congas, djembe) and guests such as the legendary, master of the soku (a one-stringed violin) Zoumana Tereta and the fast-rising Malian neo-traditional singer Aminata Wassidje Traore. Additionally, Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, Dirtmusic, Fatalists) contributes an array of subtile atmospherics on guitar and keyboards. (youtube)

Translated lyrics:

Be Ki Don (Everybody Dance)
Song of celebration. When an artist enters a court or a village, the people gather to sing and dance.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

Why do you not talk together?
Brothers and sisters, couples, talk to each other
Not just on happy days
Life lasts only a few days, be united.

Men know that Samba arrives
Women know that Samba arrives
Children know that Samba arrives
Everyone welcomes Samba Touré.

 

Music from Mali – Tamikrest

Tamikrest (Tamashek for the node, the alliance, the future) is a band whose members belong to the people of the Tuareg. The band was founded in 2006. They  mix Tuareg music with Western rock and pop music. Her singing is in Tamashek. Main songwriter of the band’s frontman Ousmane Ag Mossa.

Here is their song “Toumast Anlet ” from their 2013 album “Chatma”

and a clip with live pictures “awesome “

 

Music from Mali – Amadou et Mariam

This is a song from Amadou & Mariam, musical duo from Mali, formed in 1974. Amadou lost his vision at the age of 16 while Mariam became blind at age 5 as a consequence of untreated measles[wiki]. Here’s their nice song “je pense a toi ” ( I think of you ! really a nice love song )

 

 

Music from Mali – Rokia Traore

Rokia Traoré (born January 24, 1974 in Kolokani, Mali) is a singer from Mali. 1997 she  met the musician Ali Farka Touré Traoré , who  was an important inspration for her . In 1998, she recorded her first album.

From her album “Beautyful Africa” here is her song “Kouma”