Old African Music

“Mali Music” – 25th anniversary

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Sterns vinyl LP compilation, we are proud to make available for the first time digitally, the album ‘Mali Music’ as originally released. All transfers are direct from the restored magnetic tape as originally supplied to Sterns by Bärenreiter-Musicaphon.

In 1988, Sterns released their first compilation to showcase some of the great national and regional bands of Mali. Taking a lead from the orchestras of Guinea and active in the late 1960s through the 1970s, these were the bands that bred musicians of such calibre as singers Salif Keïta and Mory Kanté, guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, or composer, arranger and flautist, Boncana Maïga.

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