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Habib Koite & BamadaAudio CD
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Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa's most popular and recognized musicians.

Habib Koité was born in 1958 in Thiès, a Senegalese town situated on the railway line connecting Dakar to Niger, where his father worked on the construction of the tracks. Six months after his birth, the Koité family returned to the regional capital of west Mali, Kayes, ... Read more in Amazon's Habib Koite & Bamada Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • ASIN: B000SKJR3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It seems ironic that an album that was recorded on three continents finds Habib focusing so intently on his roots. As always, Habib takes a unique pan-Malian approach, drawing on a wide range of cultural expressions from the diverse regions of his native land. A number of guest musicians added new flavors to the group's sound. For the first time, Habib invited female singers to lend their striking tonality to his compositions. Hassey Sarré, the late violinist for Ali Farka Touré and Afel Bocoum's, contributed haunting melodies and ornaments on "Barra". On the song "Nta Dima", Habib invited a troupe of traditional animal horn trumpet players in an effort to expose a fading musical legacy.

The overarching theme of Afriki, which means "Africa" in the Malian Bambara language, is about the strengths and challenges of Mali in particular and the African continent in general. He speaks to a young generation of Africans in the hopes of convincing them to cherish their traditions and recognize the positive aspects of life in Africa.

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After a six year absence from the recording studio, Malian guitarist Habib Koite and his band Bamada return with a stunning new album, Afriki, a collection of songs that reflect the diverse styles of Malian music.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Laidback and enjoyable. October 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Koité is without a doubt one of Mali's biggest international artists and is one of Africa's biggest-selling acts having sold more than 250,000 albums around the globe.
In the US, one of his most successful territories, he has collaborated with Bonnie Raitt, appeared on the Dave Letterman show, has been called "Mali's biggest pop star" by Rolling Stone, been featured in a 2-page photo spread in Vanity Fair and has received rave reviews in People, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times ("His reputation as a guitar player has become almost mythical"). And how about this for a mainstream achievement: two tracks from his first album Muso Ko were included with Microsoft Windows Vista, meaning that his music will be installed on many millions of PCs.
It's been six years since his beautuful last release Baro.
Listening to his new allbum Afriki is like having an old friend coming to visit, full of great tales and smiles.
Only a few minutes into this music and you almost forget that it hasn't always been part of your record collection. It brims with all those comforting things that set the experimental griot Koité apart from most of his contemporaries.
The husky voice, catchy choruses, trickling guitar patterns and clever jigsaw of Mali's myriad musical traditions - all are there. Even the quality of the mix reflects his earlier works. Koité was one of the first artists to break the mould of the thunder-voiced song and ancient repertoire associated with the Mande griots, Mali's traditional praise singers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Unfortunately, Habib Koité's long awaited CD "Afriki" fails to eclipse or even match his former musical works. In addition to the historically great musicians composing the original Bamada band, 25 more guest artists were recruited for what one hoped would be a 6 years-in-the-making, epic World Music trend setter and instead delivered this diminutive 11 track offering of 3 and 4 minutes cuts.

It's not that Bamada's superb musicianship falters, it simply flows from one limpid song to another without any noticeable peaks or valleys, which creates a limpid pool rather than the raging rivers of energy found on their previous releases. There's not a single, catchy, sing-a-long, commercial dance track on it, which insures it will never become a DJ's pick or top any 100 most popular lists. In other words, the marabou's blessing and traditionally powerful ju ju, and gris gris are missing from the magic charms. Linear notes explain that most of the tunes were written while Habib kept up his grueling business and tours, and that perhaps explains why most of the lyrics read like homesick laments for Africa, a musical testimony to a malaise of the heart and soul.

One the upside, the studio production is superb. The CD design is interesting and informative. The guitar licks, various rhythms and musical instrumentation and talent are rich and authentic. As a big fan of Habib and Bamada, I still highly recommend their live shows and former releases; "Ma Ya" and/or "Baro".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The first studio album released by "Africa's musical ambassador" Habib Koite in six years, Afriki is a soothing album embracing traditional rhythms and themes. The Malian Bambara language lyrics touch upon themes vital to Africa today, including the value of facing challenges head-on at home. In Koite's own words, "People here in Africa are willing to risk death trying to leave for Europe or the USA, but they are not willing to take the risk staying to develop something here in Africa." The powerful, positive messages are carried through acoustic sound, including some traditional instruments as polyphonic hunter's horns, the balafon (wooden xylophone), n'goni (Malian lute), and Habib's well-known voice and guitar. A welcome contribution to international music collections.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical soulful music from Mali September 28, 2008
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Habib Koite is by far my favorite African musician, a true embassador of his beloved country: Mali and a crusader of peace, love and human rights!
I had the enormous blessing to see him in concert! Mmmm... such a beautiful multi-talented man, such a glorious vibrant spirit!
Habib's voice is like no other, extremely pure, heart opening, healing, inspiring, loving, passionate and beautiful.
He is an amazing composer, singer and guitarist and through his wondrous music can take you to places in your soul that you have never been! I own all of his CDs and love every single one of his songs. He's truly heaven sent. Simply magnificent!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Afriki January 7, 2014
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I do like this CD as it is unique, however it can get a little repetitive.I find many of the songs make you want to dance..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Habib Koite i a gem! January 1, 2014
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Habib Koite is a true musical gift. His playing and vocals are wonderful. Very good recording. Can't wait for him to come to Chicago.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rhythm of Mali September 26, 2013
By Rukiya
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Habib Koite & Bamada play a smooth and mellow music. You will enjoy listening even if you don't understand the language!!
This CD is an excellent choice to experience the historical tradition of the "Griot" of Mali.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars KOITE'S BEST YET, A TRIBUTE TO MALI
Like I always say, There's no disputing taste: another reviewer finds this very disappointing, and I think it's one of the very best albums I have ever listened to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by alltatup
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent HK...
This album is classic Habib Koite. His vocals and guitar playing are highlighted well on this album. That makes this, in my opinion, one of his better albums.
Published 13 months ago by Nii-Akwei
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mellow sound
Habib Koite and his band are superb musicians from Africa that really show the debt that America and the world owe to their cultures. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Wyo JOT
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Habib Koite!
This is my second time purchasing this cd. I loaned the first one to a friend and never got it back so I was trilled to find it again. The music is beautiful and relaxing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nettie
5.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing and Polished
"Afriki" is the fourth studio album by Habib Koité and Bamada. This is a polished set of songs that offer a warm, entrancing, consistent, and harmonic listening experience. Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by K. Scott Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Laidback guitar playing, with lots of balafon and ngoni
I prevously purchased Baro after having listened to his two songs from Muso Ko packaged with Windows Vista. Read more
Published on June 18, 2009 by Marcos
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
this is another amazing piece of work from Habib Koite.
I highly recommend it to people who enjoy international music.
Published on May 28, 2009 by Alireza Soltani
5.0 out of 5 stars habib does it again
Serendipitously I discovered Habib Koite 5 or 6 years ago, and have thus far accumulated all his recordings. This one was worth the wait! Just beautiful, peaceful, and exotic. Read more
Published on July 6, 2008 by carolynsd
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful music!
The music on this cd is simply unique and magical. Add to that a voice infused with sincerity and full of heart, and the combination is almost out of this world! Read more
Published on May 21, 2008 by fellow pilgrim
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