Bassekou Kouyate - Miri

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Monday February 04, 2019

From The Guardian

Bassekou Kouyate: Miri review ‘” a politically serious but uplifting return to acoustic roots
By: Neil Spencer

[…] Miri is in part a return to acoustic roots. The title track (‘dream’ or ‘contemplation’ in the Bamana language) is a stately instrumental that laments the plight of his homeland, recently ravaged by Islamist insurgents. Other tracks comment more directly on Mali’s political and social problems, with a stellar cast of vocalists that include Abdoulaye Diabaté, Habib Koité and Majid Bekkas, the last on a terrific opener, Kanougnon, a song about loss. Serious though it is, the album is ultimately uplifting, studded with guest appearances and shot through with playful moments like Wele Cuba, a tribute to west Africa’s love affair with Cuban music. Kouyate’s playing remains at its heart, pulsing, ingenious and spellbinding.

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