Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

KIMI DJABATE

Karam

2009-08-09

Kimi Djabate, a master of the balafon -- akin to our xylophone -- was born into a family of griots in the tiny African country of Gunau-Bissau. Griots are incredible African musicians who make it their life's work to tell the story of their people in song. As you might imagine, Djabate started his musical education early and played often. The artistry shows on this set. Although now living in Lisbon, Djabate's subject matter remains centered on Africa. Up-tempo songs on the disc are "Mussolu," "Manla" and "Bagi." Another interesting number is "Djalia," which features the balafon front and center. Even the smallest countries have much to teach us -- if we're willing to listen. W-Africa 08/09 Michael J.

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #World

  • reviewed 09/2007

    KATCHAFIRE
    Say What You're Thinking

  • reviewed 07/2004

    Youssou N’Dour
    Egypt

  • reviewed 04/2010

    GOTAN PROJECT
    Tango 3.0

  • reviewed 05/2007

    BALKAN BEATBOX
    NuMed

  • reviewed 09/2007

    EASTERN BLOK
    Folk Tales

  • reviewed 05/2009

    Balkan Beat Box
    Nu Made

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.