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Diabate, Toumani's Symmetric Orchestra / Boulevard De L'independance
Album:Boulevard De L'independance Collection:World
Artist:Diabate, Toumani's Symmetric Orchestra Added:07/2006
Label:World Circuit 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-08-06 Pull Date:2006-10-08 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:8 Oct1 Oct24 Sep17 Sep10 Sep3 Sep27 Aug20 Aug

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5.Fri, 24 Apr 09:Fo
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6.Fri, 28 Nov 08:Fo
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Album Review
Reviewed 2006-08-03 
The Malian kora player and his pan-African band (elec. guitar, bass, drums, kora, balafon, brass) deliver a first-rate release (recorded in a two-week span of all-night sessions). Tracks range from Afro-salsa to traditional griot tracks w/a contemporary flair. Every track is worth playing. Seriously good stuff, pick a track at random and play.

1. Upbeat Afro-funk w/sweet kora breaks & catchy energy.
2. Relaxed w/good use of chorus and strings. Light & lyrical.
3. Upbeat & driving Afro-funk w/lots of brass, perc.
4. Downtempo w/serious perc/claps, kora, vocals. Picks up later.
5. Hot Afro-salsa track with a “get up and dance” energy. Yow!
6. Midtempo w/nicely melodic strings & good vocals and flute.
7. Relaxed & lightly swaying w/some faster vocal bits.
8. Soft strings at first, keeps gaining power & speed. Very cool.
9. Big, brassy dance track. Upbeat w/lots of funky horns/perc.

Track Listing
1.Toumani 5.Africa Challenge
2.Boulevard de l'Independance 6.Wasso
3.Ya Fama 7.Mamadou Diaby
4.Mali Sadio 8.Tapha Niang