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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, April 1, 2002
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William Wood (Sydney, New South Wales Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Songhai (Audio CD)
Take one double bass player(Danny Thompson ex Pentangle no less)one Kora player(Toumani Diabate)and a Flamenco group(the wonderful Ketama)and put them all in one room and you will have something very special. It was sad indeed to find no reviews of this fabulous recording so I will TRY and do it some justice .So many attempts at mixing different types of "world " music end up in a hodge podge of sounds and styles that satisfy no one and merely dilute the source, but this is the real deal.The overiding feeling of this disc is PLEASURE...the musicians involved are obviously swimming in the delights of the music they are creating,the discoveries they are making about themselves and their music.
This disparate band somehow produces a seamless and invigorating stream of music that will take you to places even they never dreamed of.
Buy it.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound and powerful, this music POPS!, March 6, 2012
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This review is from: Songhai (MP3 Music)
This album is fabulous . . . but very hard to describe. Let me try to capture its power and beauty by what it is not.

1. It is certainly not some lazy "fusion" or "world" music where some fading yet privileged pop star discovers struggling artists and throws together some silly empty little album.

2. At the same time, it isn't purely ANYTHING. There's plenty of profound influence from the strings and rhythms of Mali, but the flamenco flow is powerful too.

3. Finally and most emphatically, it's not something to just throw on in the background and let play without thought. It sounded great the first time and even better the third or fourth time, played straight through.

If you are interested in masterful strings and modern music influenced by ancient traditions, listen to this album!
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