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Kulanjan

Taj Mahal, Toumani DiabateAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 3, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hannibal
  • ASIN: B00000JRLX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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(1999 'Rykodisc') (59:04/12) Nach Johnny Copelands '85er LP 'Bringing It All Back Home' ein weiterer gelungener Versuch, die Musik der Vorväter mit afro-amerikanischer Musiktradition zu verknüpfen. Und wer sollte das besser können, als Taj Mahal, Synonym für schwarze Musikkultur im weißen Kulturkreis?! Die Sessions fanden in Georgia statt und belegen hörbar die Ursprünge des Blues in der Musik Westafrikas. Ein schönes Stück World Music / after Copeland's lp from '85 that was recorded in Africa, this is another African-American project. And who could do this better than Taj Mahal who appears to be today's personification of afro-american tradition. Musicians from Mali were brought into a studio in Georgia, and the results are amazing. Maybe sort of a missing link between African, and American musical culture has been found. Great world music.Medium 1
  1. Queen Bee
  2. Tunkaranke
  3. Ol' Georgie Buck
  4. Kulanjan
  5. Fanta
  6. Guede Man Va
  7. Catfish Blues
  8. K'an Ben
  9. Take This Hammer
  10. Atlanta Kaira
  11. Mississippi-Mali Blues
  12. Sahara

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Perennial blues road warrior Taj Mahal and Malian kora (harp-lute) ambassador Toumani Diabate join forces, blend textures, and intermingle idioms on this cleanly produced 12-song set, recorded in 1998 in Athens. Their common ground is best tilled on "Atlanta Kaira" and the title track, where the plucky filigrees and glittering tone of the kora sound right at home with Taj's darker, barking National Reso-Phonic steel. "Ol' Georgie Buck" and their canny cover of Muddy Waters's "Catfish Blues" are the album's blues banners, which find Diabate's kora delightfully incongruous, while the walking African ballad "Tunkaranke" leans most heavily toward the motherland. Fleshed out with fine vocals by Taj, Kasse Mady Diabate, and Malian chanteuse Ramata Diakate ("Queen Bee"), and other African instruments, the sound is defiantly acoustic, intimate, and surprisingly true. --James Rotondi

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ol' gruffvoice meets silverstrings November 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Taj Mahal goes way back - I had a track on a sampler album, circa 1968, and he's always been a master of the rough-voiced blues. But gruff often covers tender and on this remarkable recording with Toumani Diabate he shows that tender side. The kora, Diabate's instrument, is a lot more lyrical and light than the guitar, and the virtuoso playing brings an uplift to songs from the south (States, that is) and Africa. The whole thing works, because the quality is there, and there is an understanding between the musicians that proves yet again that music is truly universal. This record sounds, I guarantee, like nothing else you've heard.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Primordial Roots of Music February 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Bottom Line: An organic roots album with simple but evocative melodies and accompaniment. Surpising blend of two musical traditions more similar than different. Like long lost brothers reuniting.
Is there a primordial music? Something with roots so deep that all human music sprung from it. It may be impossible to answer that question, but one has to wonder if Taj Mahal & Toumani Diabate have managed to tap into that primordial musical root.
There has been a growing consciousness of the similarities between old-school American blues and the music of the African nation of Mali. Albums such as Mali to Memphis (Putumayo) have explored that synchronicity by compiling songs from Malian and American blues artists. The album Kulanjan takes the synchronicity much further. Living blues and jazz legend Taj Mahal had been interested in Malian music since the early 70's and had always wanted to explore it fully. Finally, he decided to take the time to do so. He brought seven musicians from Mali, including kora master Toumani Diabate to Athens, Georgia in April 1999 to record a blues-Malian album.
Like fraternal twins separated at birth, the musical styles of Mahal and Diabate complement each other perfectly. Both musicians were amazed at how natural was the blend of their traditions. All 12 songs on the album were recorded in only a few days, each track needed only one or two takes. Both artists remarked that the songs arranged themselves springing out of a jam session on the porch of a house in Georgia.
The naturalness, the sheer organic flavor of the music bears that out. Diabate's 21-string kora (think of a tenor guitar) forms a sweet, mercurial rhythmic counterpart to Mahal's lush, steel-bodied blues crawl.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Taj Mahal (American jazz & blues artist) and Toumani Diabate (famous Mali kora musician) explore the roots of the blues from its very source ... they show us how remnants of the past are contained in the blues music of today. The music and oral tradition of the griots, who sang the praises of the kings in ancient times, plus the music of the hunters, termed termed wassoulou, form the basis and foundation of the blues. Ancient instruments, such as, the kora, a 21 stringed, harp-like instrument combine with modern blues guitar music. There are astonishing improvisations and melodies which have the listener, tapping one's fingers and moving one's body in response to the music ... Some of the songs are classics, from either Mali or the American blues, others are original songs which arose during the jam sessions. In either case, it is great music by anyone's definition or standards ...
The music on this CD is so very pure, authentic and original, that it convinces this listener, that indeed, these musicians found "the source". Although, Africa is a vast, large continent, when I first heard the music of Mali, I was captivated, it spoke to my heart. The spirit, feeling and emotions are enlivend when listening to the instruments and voices which combine on this CD. In magical ways this music carries a message of joy, of life, of energy, of beauty, of peace, serenity, of a balance and harmony in the universe ... Erika Borsos (erikab93)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultures blended October 23, 2002
By Nanci
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has wonderful blendings of blues and the African roots that birthed them. Both artists are so above excellent, and the listening goes from soulful to spirited to meditative. All of it is candy for the senses.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless. August 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As with any music that is truly new and different, you've got to listen several times before you make a judgement. I've been playing this nonstop since I bought it, and it sounds better--richer, fuller, more tender, deeper--with each listen. These musicians have achieved something rare--a confluence of styles both eastern and western that transcends all notions of genre. The result sounds like a field recording from a strange and beautiful place, say a front porch beside a glittering river in the middle of an arid plain. I eagerly await the next chapter.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Combination of African Music and The Blues July 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album because I had heard of Taj Mahal and decided to try some of his music. Boy am I glad I did, though I've heard since then that this album is quite different since it contains so different a style of music, but it still has the down-home rough sounding voice of Taj Mahal that really pervades the entire album. This is a great album and very unique. Toumani Diabate adds a wonderful element of great african sounds and the blend of blues and african music is simply amazing. At first I wasn't very sure if it would work, but this has quickly become one of my favorite blues albums. I think the reason I love it so much is because it contains a great combination of emotional music and the two styles really do complement each other. I really have heard very little else like this that I could reccomend, but this album is a must have for anyone who likes Blues or likes African music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep this simple
Don't worry about all the hyper-analysis about this CD. This is just plain beautiful music played by musicians who are clearly able to listen to each other.
Published on August 25, 2011 by William Hager
5.0 out of 5 stars Kulanjan
The music is an exciting mix of instruments, vocals, and talent. Every musician is extraordinary and the mixing and recording is first rate. Read more
Published on February 15, 2008 by Ellen A. Vincent
4.0 out of 5 stars Music for being...
There are not many albums one can live to. Do you know what i mean? One of those albums that you can put on some Sunday morning and let it guide your routine. Read more
Published on September 7, 2002 by "pensees1502"
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice blend of blues and African music
I wanted to love this cd, since I like Taj and love the concept. Although it has some high points, overall it fails to fulfill its promise. Read more
Published on June 4, 2002 by umze
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful music
I happened on this CD by chance when one of our local radio stations played a track. It has since become one of my favourite albums. Read more
Published on September 18, 2001 by Lise J. Kool
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful music
I happened on this CD by chance when one of our local radio stations played a track. It has since become one of my favourite albums. Read more
Published on September 18, 2001 by Lise J. Kool
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly beautiful music
I happened on this CD by chance when one of our local radio stations played a track. It has since become one of my favourite albums. Read more
Published on September 18, 2001 by Lise J. Kool
5.0 out of 5 stars VIRTUOSTIC!!
I dare you to listen to this CD and come away from it a worse person. This CD proves that there is a common thread that exists in all of us. Read more
Published on December 23, 2000 by Scott J Ulinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul Music
Great. Soothes the soul. I think Van Morrison would sound like this if he were African.
Published on August 24, 2000
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