I Speak Fula
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2010 release. Malian maestro Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso picker and visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. Bassekou's intrument, the ngoni, is a "spike lute" and an ancestor of the banjo. Kouyate leads his band Ngoni Ba, the first-ever group built around not one but four ngonis-all played by members of his family. I Speak Fula builds on the artist's previous album and guests several pan-Malian notables, Toumani Diabate, Kasse Mady Diabate, Zouamana Tereta and Vieux Farka Toure.
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I'm playing but they don't want to hurt my feelings.
So you've been warned.
As to this album and Bassekou Kouyate I say play on. Since King Sunny I have had fascination with African rhythms. I find this album fully satisfies that fascination. Bassekou can get more out of the simple ngoni than Mark Sandman could get out of a one string bass (and, to be clear, I loved the music of the Sandman).
The shear energy and love of music that this album represents is fresh and familiar. For me it takes a little getting used to but the more I listen the more I hear and I like what I hear.
Give it a chance, you won't be sorry.