Diabate, Kasse Mady / Kassi Kasse
Album: Kassi Kasse   Collection:World
Artist:Diabate, Kasse Mady   Added:Feb 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-08-25 Pull Date: 2003-10-27 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 14 Sep 7
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 16, 2005: At the Cafe Bohemian
Namanike (Farmers, Thank You
4. Sep 22, 2003: Fly By Night
Mai Mouna
2. Oct 05, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
Jon Kunandi (Loved One)
5. Sep 13, 2003: Morning Glory
Danya (Way You Were Created)
3. Sep 30, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
N'i Ma Sori (Hunters Song)
6. Sep 03, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum (special Wednesday edition)
Namanike (Farmers, Thank You

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-08-25
Narada, 2002

MALI – Jeez, is *everybody* in Mali a musical prodigy??? Kasse (his name means "to weep") is a renowned griot from a very long and distinguished line of singers in the tradition called jeli. He doesn’t play, just sings. His voice is nice: very natural and open. Three languages are used: Maninka, Bamana, and Spanish. But the highlight for me is the band, which includes two guitars and a balafon (marimba). This group is really tight, and everybody has a spotlight moment. Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez plays bass on most tracks, and Toumani Diabate plays kora on #8. Excellent music.

Try any track. Fo’s Picks: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11

01. awesome: fast rhythmic layers
02. medium, measured, strong vox
03. old tune with a lilting Cuban beat
04. initiation song – nice melody/rhythm
05. stripped-down, nice textures & vibe
06. trad. hunters' song, great sound
07. very cool rhythm/claps: work song
08. lovely ballad for voice/kora/ngoni
09. quick happy rhythm; festive
10. Cuban son: cool and relaxed
11. old hunters' song; raw, hypnotic
12. upbeat tribute; shouted duet vox
13. pretty little song of praise
14. trad dance: drums, claps, chant

[Fo] - 8/25/03

Track Listing
1. Eh Ya Ye (Eh!)   8. Funuke Saya (Death of Young
2. Kaba Mansa (King of Kaba)   9. Naaren
3. Mai Mouna   10. Balomina Mwanga
4. Nyamalo (Let Us Be Cautious)   11. Balakono
5. Jon Kunandi (Loved One)   12. Lafia Jeli
6. N'i Ma Sori (Hunters Song)   13. Madu Jeli
7. Namanike (Farmers, Thank You   14. Danya (Way You Were Created)