Monday, 24 October 2011

WORLD MUSIC CORNER - Boubacar Traoré - 'Mali Denhou' and Ayub Ogada - 'Dicholo'

Here are a couple of soulful beauties. Just let the music do the talking!
Boubacar Traoré - 'Mali Denhou'

There's definitely something in their chips in Mali, as it seems to produce a never ending plethora of musical talent. Malian veteran, Boubacar Traoré is no different, incorporating a heady melange of the Mississippi Delta with music from his local region creating a distinct blend of the 'Mali Blues'. Lucky for me, I found this on a sampler and I just love the feel of it, the simple guitar and harmonica accompaniment...Just one of those gems you probably wouldn't normally come across.

Boubacar Traoré...too many chips!

Ayub Ogada - 'Dicholo'

This track really wants to make you move and in my case, despite good intentions, very badly. I first heard this in the film the Constant Gardener and I just had to get it. I love the syncopation of the rhythm with his voice and the harmonious female singers, it's a great sound so synonymous with African music. Ayub Ogada has recorded for Peter Gabriel's label, Real World and has also collaborated with the Afro Celts Soundsytem. Born in Mombasa, Kenya and he's a damn site better than the hotel lobby band that used to do a Casio keyboard cover of 'I Just Called to Say I Love You', when I went on holiday all those years ago. But who knows maybe that's where I saw him when he was cutting his teeth.

No I won't do any Stevie Wonder

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WORLD MUSIC CORNER - Boubacar Traoré - 'Mali Denhou' and Ayub Ogada - 'Dicholo'
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24 October 2011 at 10:36

A great bunch of tunes to listen to after my return from the lovely Maldives...

24 October 2011 at 11:38

I just called to say 'a couple of litle gems here'

28 October 2011 at 21:50

After a great introduction to world music thanks to Tinariwaren live at the Koko, I'm listening now with a new deeper appreciation! Boubacar - what an unusual but totally fitting combination! Ayub Ogada - you really can't help but let the music lift you up. I feel like smiling when I hear those ladies sing!