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Album Review

In the six years since Mali's Habib Koite released his last new studio album, he developed a reputation in the West as one of his country's greatest cultural exports. On Afriki, Koite has fine-tuned his carefully manicured approach to melodic, acoustic-based songs of deep personal and global meaning. Always an engaging singer and songwriter, Koite's guitar is on equal footing here; his playing and the overall musicianship of his band, Bamada, outshines anything they offered in their previous outings. Koite exhibits a newfound sensitivity in his playing, always intricate, evocative, rhythmic and moving. Some of the instrumental work is reminiscent of the folk guitar styles of the '60s, but on tracks like the exquisite "N'Teri," a simple song of thanks, Koite brings in lush orchestration and background vocalists, as well as an array of native African instruments such as the balofon and n'goni. Other tracks, among them the album-opening "Namania" and "Africa" (with horns arranged by James Brown veteran Pee Wee Ellis), a song calling for African self-reliance, apply Koite's guitar, soulful voice and the gap-filling backup singers to a more polyrhythmic setting. "Fimani" reunites Mali with the blues it spawned, while the closing "Titati" is a solo showcase for Koite's lone (but never lonesome) guitar. Some may say that the key to Koite's escalating popularity lies in an eagerness to look outside of Mali for ideas to incorporate with his own; that may be so, but that's not such a bad thing at all if the result is an uplifting, empowering world music that truly does bring together so much of the world, in such a warm and enchanting way.

Customer Reviews

I shrieked when I saw this new CD

Habib's music is so enchanting, and we've listened to his older cds so much, that the thought of a new one with new music was fabulous. And it has proved to be! If you've never tried Malian music, start here: Habib and his band, Bamada infuse their mostly-acoustic sound with bits of many places, but principally their country. It is amazing! If you want to rebuild last year's Putumayo Acoustic Africa tour, try also Dobet Gnahore'a and Vusi Mahlesela's new cds as well. All 3 2007 albums are well worth the time!

Ahhhh, so nice!

I've been fortunate enough to see Habib Koite and Bamada twice at Campbell Hall at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This band is magic to the ears to hear live! I am so excited to see new music from them and HIGHLY recommend you give them a try if you've never had the good fortune of hearing their music. It's the type of music you can listen to anywhere, anytime, and it lifts your mood :) Enjoy, it's really great!


Buying this album was the best thing I have done in a while. After waiting 6 years we finally recieve another master piece from Hobib and Bamada. Great guitar playing, pretty good harmonica too and the adition of women singing was splendid. I'm in love with this album!


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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Afriki, Habib Koité
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Afro-Pop, Afro-Beat
  • Released: Sep 10, 2007

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