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Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band

Being crazy of Donso, hunters music from Mali and Burkina Faso, I got absolutely thrilled by this music of Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band.. Putting it all in a grand afrorock style. reminds me of Lobi Traore who didn’t get remarked a lot before he had to die too young unfortunately. So go have a listen! He’s on tour now, also in the NL. Thurs 19 Occi Amsterdam, Fri 20 2nd Music Meeting XS Doornroosje Nijmegen, Sun 22 RASA Utrecht. Play loud! Ntijiguimorola is my favourite.



In Bamako, the capital of Mali there are weekly streetparty’s being organised, so called Balanishow’s. Just rent a soundsystem, DJ’s next to it, some chairs for the older people, some lights and your done. Sahel Records released a true cassete, hi bias of Supreme Talent Show It’s a kind of a wild futuristic mix; kuduro, decale, dancehall, bass and eventrap. It might be strange to a few but the energy is pure, fresh and wild.

Buy the tape / cassette / K7 and you will get the digital version as well. Enjoy!

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The lure of the balafon

This Malian musician and his 2 sons show what their tradition in musical culture does to them and why they want to continuate. Beware of their fabulous, joyous virtuousity.





Card On Spokes

Featuring in the first of my series on music from the African continent is this tune from Card On Spokes Ft. Okmalumkoolkat & Nonku Phiri.

So this is African is a display of my fascination for African traditional/rural and modern/urban musical culture. Stay informed and Enjoy.