Music to Speak of
Issa Bagayogo's CD, Timbuktu
Be assured, I'm not down on Oliver Mtukudzi.
Now that I go there, and see Hassan Hakmoun,
Hakmoun Mtukudzi Bagayogo.
Alright, maybe add Hawaii's (God rest his soul) Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
Could have been good. Just hard to pronounce.
So, which tracks, you ask? Where to begin with this Timbuktu CD, if you could only hear a few tracks?
6, Dambalou Turn on your subwoofer, and don't sit down. Reminds me of Martyn Bennett. The dance thing, overlaying tradition and culture. And there's Afro-Celt suitability.
11, Tamagnoko, see 5 above.
12, Dama The end of the song is worth acquiring too. It's not on the sampler. (No, I wasn't paid to say this.)
Here's another source of online music samples, at E-Music. They're 30-second samples, the same as at the Six Degrees link above, but the samples are a little different, and may be of a little better sound quality. (Listening to the CDs here is preferable to the online clips, but, ya gotta start somewhere.)
If you like one track on this CD, you might like them all. I did. Talk about consistency and solid content. Buy 'em all. And for your little dog too.
Issa Bagayogo's CD
Okay, weeks later now, I've borrowed Tassoumakan, and am still lovin' this stuff.
track 5, Kanou, soulful, warm and introspective, and,
track 7, Kalan Nege, for when you feel like getting out of your chair.
I found no nasty surprises or awkward or impossible mood changes in either of these two CDs. My favourite is still Timbuktu, but I'll buy 'em both.
Yves Wernert is a name I'll keep an eye on. He's strongly influential in Timbuktu and Tassoumakan. Bass, keyboards, programming, recording, mixing, producing.
Great guitars (including Mama Sissoko), funky beats, soul and devotion. Dark and bright, masculine and feminine.
Some other words I've seen used on the net to classify or describe Issa Bagayogo:
It's ancestral and modern. He comes across sounding genuine, authoritative, balanced and sincere.
What a great collaboration.
This music still makes me feel good.
(I think some spelling errors occurred in the translation.)
And finally, true to form,
I'll attempt to find an image on the walls here,
which might somehow relate to this inspiring and energizing music I'm hearing.
Here, across the earth from Africa,
(a brotherhood of sorts)
Music to Speak of
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