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Kouyate, Bassekou & Ngoni Ba / I Speak Fula
Album:I Speak Fula Collection:World
Artist:Kouyate, Bassekou & Ngoni Ba Added:03/2010
Label:Sub Pop Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-03-07 Pull Date:2010-05-09 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:9 May2 May25 Apr18 Apr4 Apr28 Mar21 Mar14 Mar

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 03, 2012:At the Cafe Bohemian
Torin Torin
4.Jan 23, 2012:Afro Beats
Torin Torin
2.Apr 06, 2012:Cacao!
I Speak Fula
5.May 09, 2010:poetry in parlando
Bambugu Blues
3.Feb 13, 2012:Afro Beats
6.May 08, 2010:Music Casserole

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-03-06 
Kouyate is a Malian composer and plays the ngoni (a lute-like instrument, ancestor of the banjo). His band, Ngoni Ba features four ngonis (all played by family members) plus vocals. To call the playing virtuoso is an understatement. Highly recommended to anyone who likes stringed instruments, African music, or world music in general. Guest stars add extra interest. Seriously, wonderfully good.

1. Fast and fiery w/great rhythm & vocals. Outstanding picking!
2. Mid/upbeat layers of strings. Light but also complex.
3. Trills open a driving tour-de-force of Afro-funk-rock.
4. Midtempo, head-nodding, catchy w/sweet vocals.
5. Slow, rich vocals, wicked good e-guitar. Serious Afro blues.
6. Mid/uptempo, sweet strings and soaring vocals. Damn!
7. Upbeat and driving w/great guitar & wicked good strings.
8. Fast and complex, another great showcase for picking.
9. Relaxed and warm, great female vocals.
10. Lazy and warm w/a gentle, sweet air.
11. Bluesy strings, downtempo and strong. Ends at 5:02
Hidden track at 5:34: Plinky, raw vocals, slow. Yowzers.

Track Listing
1.I Speak Fula 6.Amy
2.Jamana Be Diya 7.Saro
3.Musow 8.Ladon
4.Torin Torin 9.Tineni
5.Bambugu Blues 10.Falani