Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mali, the Final Frontier

The indie hipsters have colonized West Africa. First came the Sublime Frequencies compilation Bush Taxi Mali, which offered a needed DIY antidote to the footnote-heavy pieties of ethnomusicological releases. Now comes this, some deep raspy gourd-lute buzzing and thumping from Mali, distributed by Drag City. You can feel the mud cloth and the gris-gris action. It’s swinging, gnarly and raw. I love the way the whole groove pivots on the muted strings.

from Bougouni Yaalali

1 comment:

Tim said...

Great stuff. What's the name of the record this is from?