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  • 1. Oka
    2. Yalala
    3. Ibata
    4. Espace
    5. Credit
    6. Snimbe
    7. Kanake
    8. Baro
    9. Isnaba
    10. Wilikitama
    11. Marimasa
    12. Foli
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 12765

  • Credits
    ProducerTama; Djanuna Dabo; Mamani Keita; Sam Mills; Tom Diakite
    EngineerArabella Rodriguez

    Tama: Djanuno Dabo (vocals, congas); Mamani Keita (vocals); Djom Motta (acoustic guitar, guitar); Sam Mills (guitar); Regisse Gizao (accordion); Dominique Sablier (keyboards); Noel Ekwabi (bass); Mokhtar Samba (drums); Djanuno Dabo (percussion); Susheela Raman (background vocals); Tom Diakite (kora, donzo n'goni).
    Additional personnel: Susheela Raman.
    Personnel: Djanuna Dabo (vocals, guitar, congas, percussion, background vocals); Tom Diakit (vocals, kora, percussion, background vocals); Mamani Keta (vocals, percussion, background vocals); Susheela Raman (vocals, background vocals); Djon Motta (guitar, acoustic guitar); Sam Mills (guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Manecas Costa (guitar, background vocals); Djeli Moussa Kouyat (guitar); Vincent Segal (cello); Vincent Bucher (harmonica); Mokhtar Samba (drums); Grard Carocci (bongos, shaker).
    Audio Mixers: Marc Welter; Rob Keyloch; Arabella Rodriguez.
    Recording information: Mecredi Neuf, Paris, France; Real World Studios, Wiltshire, England.
    Photographer: Cristina Piza.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Grard Carocci.
    This ensemble captures the true essence of worldbeat music in that its members come from three different countries to impart influences which help define the new face of bubbly Afropop. Mali's Diakit Toumany plays the kora, Guinea-Bissau's Djanuna Dabo is responsible for the frisky percussion and raspy vocals, and English guitarist Sam Mills (of 23 Skidoo fame) adds a subtle Western influence. Not surprisingly, the three first came together in the very cosmopolitan musical city of Paris. As the album title implies, this collection expands upon the sound of their debut, Nostalgie, even adding the haunting feminine vocal wiles of Malian diva Mamani Keita. The trio's magic is textured by outside instruments like cello and sax. The 12 tracks all have one-word titles, which may by themselves be meaningless to the English-speaking listener. But the tribal grooves and sensuous energies are remarkable. "Oka" is the classic African roll-along tune, with pitter-patter percussion challenging Mills' guitar to keep up. "Yala" is a sexy conversation between Dabo and Keita, driven over an hypnotic jungle beat. The title track is gentle and folkloric, with a unique chant fronting mystical sounds and a simple, rhythmic acoustic guitar line. The quintessential modern African funk experience. ~ Jonathan Widran

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