Diallo, Yaya / Nangape
Album: Nangape   Collection:World
Artist:Diallo, Yaya   Added:Mar 2003
Label:Onzou Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-03-24 Pull Date: 2003-05-26 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: May 18 May 4 Apr 13 Apr 6 Mar 30
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 17, 2003: Morning Glory
4. Apr 04, 2003: Input/Output (subbing for Riina)
2. Apr 29, 2003: No Cover, No Minimum
5. Apr 01, 2003: No Cover, No Mimimum: SUB
3. Apr 12, 2003: Spherical Sounds
6. Mar 29, 2003: Morning Glory

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-04-05
YAYA DIALLO - "Nangapè"
Onzou, 1980

First things first: this is NOT the guitar player Alpha Yaya Diallo. Different guy, okay? This Yaya Diallo is a Malian percussionist living in Canada. In these overdubbed duo recordings with flautist Sylvain Leroux (who can also be heard on the recent "Fula Flute" release), Diallo explores the tradition of music as a healing art (Nangapè was the name of a musician-sorcerer in Diallo's home village of Fienso). So this is elemental stuff: polyrhythmic drums, some balafon (marimba) patterns and flute riffs in a long, hypnotic weave. Beautiful, exciting, captivating.

Fo's Picks: 1, 3, 5

1. 12:32 - Alternately relaxing and intense. Lots of balafon starting in 3rd minute, flute provides nice support (pretty flute overdubs throughout second half)
2. 04:27 - Quick village drums, incessant and rolling.
3. 07:39 - Water sounds, meditative flute, then strong balafon patterns. Meant to represent the onrushing flow of time.
4. 03:59 - Another drums-only interlude, with a lopsided rhythm
5. 05:57 - Storytelling song: a child seeks wisdom from the musician-sorcerer Nangapè, who tells him that struggle is an essential part of life. Good mix of drums, balafon and flute.

[Fo] - 3/22/03

Track Listing
1. Lobi a La Yaya   3. Outeme
2. Ivoirien   4. Wassoulou
  5. Nangape