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Diabate, Mamadou / Courage
Album:Courage Collection:World
Artist:Diabate, Mamadou Added:04/2011
Label:Harmonia Mundi Usa 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-04-24 Pull Date:2011-06-26 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:22 May1 May

 Recent Airplay
1.May 20, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
Welcome Home
3.Apr 26, 2011:Bisous Bijoux
2.Apr 30, 2011:Everyday Commotion
Welcome Home

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-04-20 
The Malian superstar Griot kora player gathers musicians on ngoni, acoustic bass, balafon, calabash, and djembe. All instrumentals. In the Malian Griot tradition but with a modern flair, most composed and arranged by Diabate. Every track is a standout.

1. Relaxed and sweet w/some fast strings that hypnotize.
2. Bouncy and joyful ode to home. Nice layers of strings/perc.
3. Sweet midtempo love song w/a gentle air and sense of warmth.
4. Softly tripping kora in this midtempo blend of joy & sadness.
5. Lazy but bright, a nice showcase for the kora.
6. Solo kora, warm & slow then melodic. A wonderful journey.
7. Stars w/bouncy balafon, wonderful mid/up interplays w/strings.
8. Kora flows into relaxed and dreamy reflection.
9. Sweet & relaxed w/great work from the band. Tight arrangement.
10. Nicely played strings bounce and flow in this mid/uptempo song.
11. Solo kora, warm, lovely, reflective. Mid/upbeat & so good.

Track Listing
1.Yaka Yaka 6.Kora Journey
2.Welcome Home 7.Kita Djely
3.Dafina 8.Laban Djoro
4.Humanity 9.Diayea Bana
5.Macky 10.Birigo Blues