Oh my God, Mali is the next Cuba!
This is what some A&R guy from the Putumayo label says about the potential of Malian music to be the new big crossover hit making money machine thing! People that say things like that give me the creeps. I've kind of bad mouthed the Putumayo label before and if they keep saying stuff like that, I'll probably continue to do so. So why then am I even posting this? Well, because this one is pretty good. Putumayo Presents: Mali is a keeper. Maybe they should Market this as, "Mali is the next Mali!" This is a consistently good compilation. 80% of their compilations are not consistently good. Putumayo is so out of ideas that they put out stuff like, Music From the Tea Lands, Music From the Chocolate Lands, and Music From the Coffee Lands for the sole purpose of pushing them at Starbucks. What's next? Music from the Cat Lands that they sell at Cat Shows? But I digress, this is one of the good Putumayo label compilations even though it seems kind of criminal that Ali Farka Touré is not represented here.
1. Maninda - Moussa Diallo
2. Kanawa - Habib Koite And Bamada
3. Ouili Ka Bo - Idrissa Soumaoro
4. Bassa Kele - Mamou Sidibe
5. Bana - Issa Bagayogo
6. Amassakoul 'N' Tenere - Tinariwen
7. Gembi - Ramatou Diakite
8. Koulandian - Keletigui Diabate
9. Fala - Tom Diakite
10. Kanou - Boubacar Traore
11. Saramaya (Live) - Habib Koite & Bamada
Putumayo Presents: Mali
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