Oumou Sangaré – Saa Magni

From Oumou’s new album “Acoustic”, to be released in August.

Saa Magni = Love is so Strong


Afel Bocoum – Avion

Celebrated Malian songwriter and guitarist Afel Bocoum will release his new studio album ‘Lindé’ through World Circuit Records on 4th September.
The first single taken from the record, titled ‘Avion’, is a playful and optimistic tribute to air travel. The song really does ‘take off’, soaring skywards on a beat that’s close to Congolese soukous, with the guitars of Mamadou Kelly, Oumar Konaté and Lamine Soumano providing sweet and melodic propulsion.

Old African Music

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke

Before becoming this international hit in 1987, due to its strong dance and pop arrangements (aka Manding Funk), Yekeke is a folk/traditional Guinean song.

It was first revisited in a tradi-modern style by Mory’s half-brother & griot Djeli Moussa Diawara on his first solo album (known as “Yasimika” – recorded in Abidjan in 1982).

Update 05/22/2020: RIP Mory Kanté, dead today (70yo)