Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mory Kanté - A Paris (1984)

When Mory Kanté moved to France in 1984, it took him little time to establish himself in the "world music" milieu with this album. Descended from a Guinean griot family, Kanté began his pop music ascent in the prestigious Rail Band of Bamako. He became the lead singer when Salif Keita left to form Les Ambassadeurs, and took up and mastered the kora.

Paris allowed Kanté to express his electric self, and his mandé roots are quite well hidden on half the songs. In truth, this is not one of my favorite records, though I do like the vibrant version of the classic "Yéké Yéké." See what you think. . .

3 comments:

Mouhamadou Falilou Mbacke Ndiaye said...

Do you have the first one Krougnegne. I am really looking for it. I like this album though. Yeke Yeke and Mbalou are some nice jams to play over and over again.

Apurva Bahadur said...

While I am sad hearing of mediafire acting up, I thank you for sharing this album. Apurva from Pune, India.

David said...

For me, there's still enough of the Rail Band's styling in this, under all the electric stuff, and I have to say the zest appeals to me! One of the better solo albums of his I've heard - thanks for the opportunity!