Fanta Sacko – Musique du Mali
Bärenreiter / Mali Music BM 30 L 2551

Het heeft gewoon zo moeten zijn denk ik, Gerrit van Lola Radio
bracht ons laatst twee prachtige platen van Fanta Damba, dank
daarvoor Gerrit. Hij sprak daarbij ook over Fanta Sacko, laat ik nou
net vorige week die elpee van haar hebben gevonden. Het betreft
een uitgave van het ‘Ministere de l’Information, Mali Music’ op het
Bärenreiter label. Het album schept enige verwarring vanwege het
feit dat er 8 nummers op staan en volgens hoes en label 10. De tijden
zoals die vermeld worden kloppen ook geen van allen. Aangezien ik
ook geen woord Malinees versta ben ik er maar van uit gegaan dat
de langste twee nummers samenvoegingen zijn van twee titels.
Als iemand het mysterie kan oplossen, heel graag ..

I guess it was just meant to be. Shortly, Gerrit of Lola Radio Blog,
brought us two great recordings by Fanta Damba, thanks for those
Gerrit. He also spoke about a record by Fanta Sacko. What a coinci-
dence, I just found that record last week. It concerns a release by
le ‘Ministere de l’Information, Mali Music’ on the Bärenreiter label.
The album causes some confusion because it contains 8 tracks while
label and sleeve speak of 10 songs. The times of the tracks also don’t
match with those at the backsleeve. Now I don’t understand a word
of Malinese so I just assume the longest two tracks are mergers of
two songs. If anyone can solve the mystery, please do ..

After having some things cleared up in the comment section, I decided to
make the necessary adjustments to my file. Thank you Issa, Ngoni and Toto
for waking me up and explaining what must have happened here. I now under-
stand I have a quite unique misprint of the album. An error was probably-
made in the production proces and it just so happened I stumbled upon a
copy which should have been destroyed. It escaped from the factory and
ended up in my collection many years later. Thanks to Issa I was now able
to correct the titles. Everybody, ATTENTION; download it again with the
proper titles. Enjoy the sometimes longer versions and the one, previous
unreleased, track ( Mamadou Ndiaye ) The sound is perfect, listen
once more and realise, this is a unique mistake. 😉
For those who didn’t follow earlier, the correct and final copy of this
album has ten instead of eight songs, in a different order and of other
length. Another difference is track four which does not appear on the
other record. (the final cut)This album does not have ‘Tubaka’, ‘Jeliké jan’
and ‘Maliens be di yala’, which the final cut does have.
Enjoy listening everybody ..

tracks ;

01 – Banankoro
02 – Jimbe wata dabola
03 – Tita
04 – mamadou ndiaye
05 – Tara
06 – Ni ko ni kidassa
07 – Kankan jarabi
08 – Kita jeli


Best of the West volume 2, Mali
Various Artists


In het verleden zagen we reeds enkele van deze tracks. Helaas en
om een reden die ik niet wens te vermelden moest ik sommige van
de platen waar ze op voor kwamen verwijderen van de Global Groove.
Vandaag zijn ze terug in een nieuwe setting, een Mali compilatie. Ik ga
ervan uit dat ze op deze manier niemand kwaad doen. We zien het wel.
Hoe dan ook, de muziek is te goed om te moeten missen, luister zelf..

Some of the tracks we have here today have been here on earlier
occasions. For some mysterious reason they were removed from
the blog at a certain time. Now they are here in a different way
and I think nobody will complain, let’s see. This is volume two in the
Best of the West series. One way or the other, the music is too
good to be missed, listen and make up your own mind..

tracks ;

01 – Super Biton – So karafe
02 – National Badema – Nakanle
03 – Rail Band – Gansan na Rail Band ( Salif Keïta )
04 – Les Ambassadeurs Internationaux – Marfa
05 – Na Hawa Doumbia – Ma i ni wula
06 – Rail Band, Mory Kante – Balakononfing
07 – National Badema, Kasse Mady – Fognana kuma
08 – Tata ‘Bembo’ Kouyate – Hommage a Baba Cissoko
09 – Super Biton – Nyeleni


Super Rail Band
Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako volume 2
Rail Culture Authentique Mali 1983


It is almost nine years ago, time sure flies don’t you think ?
The GG existed only five months when I posted the Rail Band
in october 2008. It was an album on Globe Style from 1982 and
contained two of the songs we also find on today’s record. I think
this one was used to make the Globe Style album, it had the same
pictures as well, even when the original volumes one & two were
released in 1983. Anyway, two of the songs on this one are new
to us, listen and enjoy, I think they are just awesome..
P.S. the sound is extremely good,
part from one tic in track four.

Zo’n negen jaar is het alweer geleden, de GG bestond net vijf
maanden toen ik de Rail Band plaatste. Het was een album op
Globe Style uit 1982. De plaat bevatte twee nummers die ook
op dit album staan. Ik denk dat deze aan de andere ten oorsprong
heeft gelegen, ook al kwamen de originele volumes 1 & 2 pas uit in
1983. er staan tevens de zelfde fotootjes op. In ieder geval vinden
we vandaag twee nummers die we nog niet hadden, luister zelf,
ze zijn niet te versmaden naar mijn bescheiden mening..
P.S. het geluid is buitengewoon goed, los
van één plek in het vierde nummer.

tracks ;

01 – Diabate
02 – Mali yo
03 – Bedianamogo
04 – Gna gna


Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako vol. 1
Sonafric 1977

Les Ambassadeurs, voorkant

We hebben tot nu toe reeds zo’n vijf van hum albums gezien.
Telkens in veranderde samenstelling en uit verschillende
periodes. Dit exemplaar is uit 1977 en met Salif Keita en
Ousmane Dia als front zangers. Hij kraakt en knispert wel
een beetje maar dat mag de beleving er toch niet minder
op maken. Ik hoop op een mooie dag een betere versie
te vinden, tot die tijd, geniet van dit Malinese oudje..

We had some five of their albums so far here at the GG.
From different periods and in different line-ups. The one
we have here today is from 1977 and presents Salif Keita
and Ousmane Dia as lead singers. I must say it does have
some snap, crackle and pops but that can’t spoil the
nice atmosphere. I hope to find a better copy some
day but for now..enjoy this Malinese oldie..

titels ;

01 – Yassoumouka
02 – Fatema
03 – Super pitie
04 – Bolola sanou
05 – Mali denou
06 – Sabar
07 – Saranfing


Oumou Kouyate – Kala Djoula

Oumou Kouyate, voorkant

Uit Mali hebben we vandaag een schijf van jelimusolu
zangeres Oumou Kouyate. De eerste op haar naam
die hier langs komt. Uit welk jaar hij komt heb ik niet
kunnen vinden, misschien weet een van jullie het. De
plaat opent met een killer track die me direct over de
streep trok hem te plaatsen. Luister zelf..

Another great voice from the jelimusolu from Mali is her’s.
Oumou kouyate appears here first time with five tracks.
Lassissi and Sacodis arranged this recording, the year of
release is not quite clear. The lp opens with a killer track
which pulled me over the line of posting this album.

titels ;

01 – Kala djoula
02 – Founnou nanan
03 – Yougou ba
04 – Oumou nanan
05 – Ya woni


Rail Band – Melodias Rail Band
du Mali, Disques Kouma, 1976

Rail Band, front

How long has it been since I posted music from Mali ?
Too long I’d say. This is the Rail Band, we had several
of their records already, use our search-bar to find them.
This one is from 1976, some very nice tracks of which
I like number two the best, with Mory Kante and Salif
Keita both doing their part. Enjoy listening..


01 – Kankoun
02 – Tiramakan
03 – Soyomba
04 – Soundiata ( nouvelle version )


Ali Farka Toure – Ten Songs
World Circuit 1988

Ali Farka Toure, front

Ali Farka Toure

When beginning this blog, the most important mission
was digitising lp’s to make Mp3’s of them. Using cd’s
was no option. Slowly however some cd’s are also
becoming scarse and out of print. This one by Ali
Farka Toure from 1988 is not as available as it
used to be. Being short in time today I made
this choice of post. Lp’s remain our main
source but an exception is made.
Hope you like this one, enjoy..


01 – Timbarma
02 – Singya
03 – Nawiye
04 – Bakoytereye
05 – Tchigi fo
06 – Amandrai
07 – Kadi kadi
08 – Yulli
09 – Bakoye
10 – Amandrai live


Super Rail Band Orchestre du Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako – Disque de l’Année Mali Musique 1977

Super Rail Band, front

Wow, now I come to realise, it is almost a year and a half
since I posted us some music from Mali. This one by the
great Super Rail Band will surely make up for that long
hiatus. It is a bit worn out and some noise is inevitable.
..dusty tracks, still, I really love to listen to it, it has
great atmosphere, with Mory Kante from 1977.
Hope you enjoy, get it
& spread it..


1 Sinsimba
2 Balakononifing
3 Wale numa lombaliya
4 Tie diu guya


Manfila Kanté présente,Mamadi Diabaté et les Ambassadeurs -“a Pas de Géant”, Kaba Production

Mamadi Diabate, front

It’s been a while since we had us some music from Mali.
Mamadi Diabate and Les Ambassadeurs are here to
fill in the gap. I am absolutely not the one to tell you
all about these musicians but I do know one thing,
this is a hell of a record and worth a couple of
spins. I’m sure it will make your sunday.
Don’t forget, play and spread..


1   Moriba kaba
2   Yeke yeke
3   Iye iye
4   Talassa


Ouedraogo Mamadou & l’OrchestreSuper Rail Band International -Dioulou Koussoube, Sacodis 1979

Ouedraogo Mamadou, front

Speaking of discoveries, did you know the Super Rail Band
performed with this singer ? Ouedraogo Mamadou is the
name and the album is astonishing good. Check out the
line-up on this LP;

Dexter Johnson – 1e saxo
Kabine – 2e saxo
Issa Touncara – guitare bass
Djelimadi Tounkara – guitare solo
Djeli Moussa – guitare d’accompagnemer
Cheick Tidjane – orgue
Leo – batterie
Sekou – tumba
Ouedraogo Mamadou – chanteur
Mory Kante – 1e coeur
Sekou Kante – 2e coeur


1 Dioulou koussoube
2 Nong tem sega
3 Sovo p.e.r.
4 Toem zougo


Ambassadeur International – Mandjou,Badmos 1979

Ambassadeur International, front


Ambassadeur International

Kante Manfila : Chef d’orchestre, Guitare solo
Cissoko Moussa : Saxo-alto-tenor
Traore Kabine ( Tagus ) : Trompette
Salif Keita : Vocal
Ousmane Dia : Vocal
Nouhoun Keita : Batterie
Ousmane Kouyate : Guitare accompagement
Sekou Diabate : Guitare basse
Kaba Kante : Balafon
Smith : Orgue

Title : Mandjou
Label : Badmos
Number BLP 5040
Year of ( re- ) release : 1979


1 Mandjou
2 Kandja
3 4V
4 N’toman
5 Balla

R.I.P. Kante Manfila 1946 – 2011

At first I didn’t realize I already posted it back in 2009.
Other copy, slightly different cover.
This one’s more dynamic.