10 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By now an international star, Salif Keita scaled another peak with this back-to-roots album. After years of collaborations with rock and jazz players, he returned to Paris, where he'd launched his career, and stripped his music down to primarily acoustic basics. The opening "Yamore" unfolds over eight minutes as a gently plucked guitar leads to an overdubbed vocal choir. The most upbeat track, "Moussolou," salutes the glories of womankind. And when he joins voices with Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora on "Yamore," the interplay is downright heavenly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

By now an international star, Salif Keita scaled another peak with this back-to-roots album. After years of collaborations with rock and jazz players, he returned to Paris, where he'd launched his career, and stripped his music down to primarily acoustic basics. The opening "Yamore" unfolds over eight minutes as a gently plucked guitar leads to an overdubbed vocal choir. The most upbeat track, "Moussolou," salutes the glories of womankind. And when he joins voices with Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora on "Yamore," the interplay is downright heavenly.

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