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Monday, March 12, 2012

Tage Sidibe & Friends

Wassoulou Foli (Kanaba Sound System)

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Rhythm is only one aspect of African music. A close listen to Taga Sidibe reveals that different drums produce distinct tones and sounds when stroked or slapped. The sonic texture is rich. Born in a village in Mali, Sidibe was groomed from an early age to perform at local ceremonies. The tracks he recorded for Wassolou Foli are steeped in the communal gatherings and rites he has presided over as a chorus of drums shifts tempo through complex dance rhythms and singers call and respond to one another. You probably won't find a better new recording of traditional West African music.