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A spirit of cross-cultural camaraderie lights up Brothers in Bamako, a collaborative project from American blues/folk artist Eric Bibb and West African singer/guitarist Habib Koite. Their original tunes embody a sense of shared values, while amiable, laid-back vibes pervade the sessions overall. Bibb’s Delta-rooted playing is complemented by the subtle lines that Koite unreels on guitar, banjo, and ukulele. The wide-eyed expectancy Bibb brings to “On My Way to Bamako” and “Tombouctou” is mirrored by the mood of gratitude infusing Koite’s “L.A.” Prayerful numbers like “Send Us Brighter Days” and “With My Maker I Am One” lend a spiritual tone to the proceedings. The theme of human unity is underscored by the duo’s bilingual interpretation of Bibb’s signature tune “Needed Time.” There are gentle interludes like the traditional African tune “Nani Le,” as well as thoughtful social commentaries like “We Don’t Care.” Fresh interpretations of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” and the blues standard “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad” bring the album to a life-affirming close.

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Superb! 5star.


Born: 1958 in Mali

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The West African country of Mali has produced some great musicians. But as they age, people have wondered who'll step forward from the next generation. The big answer to that seems to be Habib Koité, who comes from the Khassonké griot tradition, that's the hereditary caste of musicians, but whose eyes are firmly on the future. Born in 1958, his lineage made music a part of his life and it was in order to accompany his mother's singing that he taught himself to play guitar, showing enough ability...
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Brothers In Bamako, Habib Koité
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Nov 06, 2012

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