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Djeli Moussa Diawara

  • Sobindo [Mélodie, 1996] A-
  • FlamenKora [Mélodie, 1999] Neither

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Sobindo [Mélodie, 1996]
As Jali Musa Jawara, the Guinéean kora master conceived two earlier landmarks of Manding neotraditionalism, Yasimika and Soubindoor, and here once again he flirts with the escapist spirituality of "world music." There's a flute and a piano and a telltale tabla; at times the plucking could almost be Italian or (another giveaway) Andean. Yet once again his confident interweave and powerfully West African (Guinéean?) vocal feel (technique?) overwhelm secular skepticism. Right, this kind of Beauty is an ideological construct. Don't we all deserve a vacation once in a while? A-

FlamenKora [Mélodie, 1999] Neither