Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bembeya Jazz National (1985)

Bembeya Jazz National is an extraordinary band that helped define modern Guinean music during the fecund decade beginning in the late '60s. The untimely death of its leader and great singer, Aboubacar Camara, nearly killed the band, yet it surfaced with new vigor on this 1985 release, under the leadership of brilliant guitarist Sékou Diabaté. "Diamond Fingers", as he became known worldwide, is prominent on this excellent record.

This is another of the many Bembeya Jazz recordings you will eventually find on this site. It comes courtesy of my long-time, co-fanatic, music-collecting friend, J.D.

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