Adama Yalomba was hailed as the next great Malian superstar after his impressive contribution to the 2003 Festival in the Desert album and this — his third solo album — is fully geared to making those predictions come true and break him internationally.

It has been a slow genesis for the gifted multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with both Ali Farka Touré and Afel Bocoum and accompanied Oumou Sangaré and Tinariwen. Kassa was originally recorded in 2007, finally becoming his first official release outside Africa three years later.