Taj Mahal – Kulanjan (1999)

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Taj Mahal – Kulanjan (1999)


01.Queen Bee
02.Tunkaranke
03.Ol' Georgie Buck
04.Kulanjan
05.Fanta
06.Guede Man Na
07.Catfish Blues
08.K'an Ben
09.Take This Hammer
10.Atlanta Kaira
11.Mississippi-Mali Blues

Personnel: 
Taj "Dadi Kouyate" Mahal (vocals, guitar, piano); 
Kassemady Diabate, Ramatou Diakite (vocals); 
Banning (guitar); 
Ugouye Koulibaly (kamalengoni); 
Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko (kora); 
Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni, bass); 
Lasana Diabate (Mande balafon).

 

This informal collaboration between veteran American bluesman Mahal and Malian kora (it's a 21-stringed lute-like instrument) master Diabate was recorded in an Athens, GA, studio with a sextet of West African string instrumentalists and vocalists. It sounds like a half a world away, with the two mixed cultures merging to create traditional blues based on non-traditional musical values. Mahal's gruff, weary voice is soothed by the Malian crew's sweet tones; conversely, the leaders' picking styles sound as if they were harvested from the same land. Natural, unpretentious, and occasionally sensual, Kulanjan is classy world music without the stuffy undertones. ---Michael Gallucci, Rovi

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