: Timbuktu

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by: Issa Bagayogo

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0657036106222
Feature: Six Degrees
Item Dimensions: 2754914493
Label: Six Degrees
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Six Degrees
Model: Timbuktu
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: February 05, 2002
Publisher: Six Degrees
Release Date: February 05, 2002
Studio: Six Degrees

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Disc 1:
  1. Sisi
  2. Baro
  3. Tounga
  4. Nogo
  5. Timbuktu
  6. Dambalou
  7. Toroya
  8. Saye mogo bana
  9. Banani
  10. Gnele
  11. Tamagnoko
  12. Dama
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
Issa Bagayogo is at the forefront of African musical innovators, melding the sounds of electronic dance music with the roots music of his homela\ nd, Mali. Dub and dance beats are woven together with ancient melodies of the Sahara dese\ rt on Timbuktu.

Issa's virtuosity on the kamili n'goni (a six stringed hunter's lute) and acous\ tic guitar reflects his upbringing on the edge of the Sahara. The ingenious hybrid of tra\ ditional and Afro-electro sounds created by Issa and producer/engineer Yves Wernert is evide\ nce of a new direction for African music in the 21st century.
The mission of Six Degrees Records is to prove that different cultures and musical styles do have some common ground. Malian singer Issa Bagayogo reaffirms this commonality on Timbuktu, finding the middle ground between traditional West African music--created with his six-stringed lute, acoustic guitars, and the djembé--and modern down-tempo electronic programming that wouldn't be out of place at the Buddha-Bar or any other hip club in Paris or New York. Amidst this gentle and hypnotic fusion, Bagayogo maintains the griot tradition of teaching and politics, singing about such issues as racial tolerance, regional pride amidst the globalization of culture, and drug abuse among Mali's youth. Bagayogo presents his ideas in an evenly modulated midrange voice with ethereal-sounding female backup singers who answer and reaffirm many of his lyrics with haunting effectiveness. All in all, this seductively laid-back album is another chapter in the ongoing tradition of great Malian music. --Tad Hendrickson

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