Fanta Sacko - Musique du Mali - 1
Musicaphon Bärenreiter - BM 30 L 2551 - P.1971
A1 Jelike jan
A2 Ni Ko ni Kadissa
B1 Kita Jeli
B3 Jimbe wata Dabola
B4 Maliens be di yala.mp3
B5 Kankan Jarabi
Fanta Sacko, vcl
Foussenou Diabaté, gtr
Mamadou Tounkara, gtr
Wikipedia has only this to say:
Fanta Sacko is a Malian musician, whose debut, self-titled LP launched the bajourou music genre. She has helped establish a female singing tradition in Mali, which makes that country unique in West Africa, where female popular musicians are not generally approved of.
1. Mark Ellingham, Orla Duane, Vanessa Dowell, ed (November 1999). Africa, Europe and the Middle East. World music. 1. London: Rough Guides. pp. 550. ISBN 1858286352.
2. Gikandi, Simon (2003). Gikandi, Simon. ed. Encyclopedia of African literature. Taylor & Francis. pp. 575. ISBN 0415230195. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
Bajourou (meaning 'big strings' or 'big tune') is the name given to a strain of Malian (Mali) pop music usually played at weddings and social gatherings. Though now predominantly electric, its roots were in 60's acoustic music that borrowed patterns from the kora and the donsongoni (a hunting harp/guitar) and transferred them to acoustic guitars. Lyrics moved away from the usual Manding praise songs to more secular, romantic concerns, mainly sung by women like Fanta Sacko who did much to develop and spread the music.
▪ Charry, Eric S. (2000). Mande Music: Traditional and Modern Music of the Maninka and Mandinka of Mali. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
▪ Coelho, Victor (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
▪ Conrad, David (2001). Somono Bala of the Upper Niger. Leiden: BRILL.
▪ Eyre, Banning (2000). In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Not much to read of biographical information on the web, but then again my good and knowledgeable friend Stefan, at wrldsrv.blogspot.com, who was kind to take the time to make the rip and the great scans, and also painstakingly edited and carefully pruned the files to get them as free from clicks as possible, has this to say:
By the way: most Malian musicians I have spoken with did not know this Fanta Sacko. Some say she must have slept with the producer (or another person in charge) to get this record made. Zani, who been in the business since the early 1960s, was sure she was Guinean, after hearing the record. Flani said it was a teenager girl from a village singing. At least it is certain that she was/is from the south of Mali or the north of Guinea.
Foussenou Diabaté & Mamadou Tounkara
The stringwork by Foussenou Diabaté and Mamadou Tounkara is most enjoyable and I much rather listen to this young girl sing than thousands of other boys and girls that gets recorded, especially as the music and the tradition is often stronger than the individual aspirations.
Anyhow, we all have our own ears, so I'll let you judge for yourself...
I must admit am a terrible "completeness" junkie and even though my collection of records is not small I don't have everything, so again thanks to Stefan for his good help to fill in this lacunae in the catalogue!
I am also hooked on having multiple version rips of course preferably from different copies but also experimenting with post editing. So because of that, I also give you two versions to choose from. The first one is probably more true to the original and may have a better lustre. But for those with a severe allergy towards hiss and clicks the second one may be tried for size.
Personally I just listen to the music and it seems my ears have grown their own filters over the years of listening to old crackly acoustic 78 rpm recordings from China, India and Egypt. The best school for that I think was the old worn Charley Patton recordings I listened to in the sixties.
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