Mah Damba – Hakili Kélé
The return of the Bamako native griotte (bard) adored in every Malian home.
Custodian of a centuries-old cultural heritage, Mah Damba never closed the door to the new. Over the course of some 45 minutes, we measure the extent of her range, as able to rise through the octaves as to dive into the bass.
This is the voice, now slightly frayed by the patina of time, powerfully anchored in a tradition that she carries in her inner depths, that makes all the difference.
1. Taba - 4:13 2. Dangana - 3:45 3. Dambé - 4:37 4. Kabako - 5:10 5. Ntalo - 1:23 6. Dondori - 4:06 7. Korolen - 3:38 8. Banga - 6:04 9. Dalamane - 2:36 10. Sosoly - 4:07 11. Koulandjan - 4:04
Mah Damba (leadvocals) , Thierry Fournel (guitar, guimbre, calabash) , Guimba Kouyaté (guitar on 2,4,11) , Antoine Girard (accordion on 6) , Bakary Diarra (balafon on 1,11) , Makan Tounkara dit Badje (ngoni) , Djigui Tounkara (ngoni on 8,9) , Emrah Kaptan (bass) , Madjare Drame / Niame Tounkara / Sira Kouyate / Woridio Kouyate (backing vocals)