Le Kéné-Star de Sikasso – Fitiriwale (Mali, 1977, Mali Kunkan)

Le Kéné-Star de Sikasso was one of the regional Malian Orchestras (such as “L’Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti” or “L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa des Kayes“) back in the 70’s.
The group was composed, among others, by François Ballo, Mamadou Touré, Mamadou Diakité and Cheick Sadibou Diabaté, former members of “L’Orchestre Regional de Sikasso“, who released one album in 1970.
For today, I wanted to share with you “Fitiriwale“, an outstanding psychedelic afro jazz track, recorded and released in France in 1977 on the mythical “Kiosque d’Orphée” label, a song that deals with wedding, and the ingratitude of the husbands towards their former wife and the good things they did for them – Enjoy !
Le Kéné-Star de Sikasso – Fitiriwale
 You can also listen to this track on my Youtube Channel here : https://youtu.be/76RJPhrpzX4
Have a nice Sunday,
Armand de Preseau

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa (Mali, 1973, RCAM)

Hi everyone !
Today, I decided to make you (re)discover one of the great African Orchestra, from the Mystical country of Mali : L’Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare de Bamako, also nicknamed Le Rail Band.
State-sponsored by the national railroad Malian Company (it explains the name of the band), Le Rail Band was the most powerful Malian orchestra, that released more than ten LP’s and many 7′ from the 70’s to the late 80’s.
The Rail Band’s leader was the great Tidiani Koné, an outstanding musician who was also a griot (a kind of religious leader/ influent personality), who decided to give his chance at this time to a young albino singer, Salif Keita, that would become world famous in the future.
Here is the track “Marabayasa” (Mariba Yasa or Marba Yassah), an outsanding track taken from the first album of the band, driven by Mamadou Bagayoko‘s devastating drums, Alfred Coulibaly‘s savage saxophone and Salif Keita‘s holy voice – Enjoy !

Orchestre Rail Band – Marabayasa

You can also listen to this track on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/BCBM6XDi9HI

Take care,

Armand

Picture Artwork from my friend Faud from Les Mains Noires

Sali Sidibe – Delygueleman (Mali, 1982, Polydisc)

Let’s travel to Mali this time with the beautiful voice of Sali Sidibe, female answer to the great Malian blues musician Ali Farka Touré.

Sali Sidibe recorded a few albums and cassettes between the late 70s and the 90s, and was the leader of the Kamalein N’Gomi musical genre.

On this album, she is accompanied by Madou Traoré (Guitar) and Molobali Bakayoko (Zither).

I decided to make you rediscover “Delygueleman“, a splendid deep acoustic song with a groove about the family and the good-byes – Enjoy !

Sali Sidibe – Delygueleman

You can also listen to it on my Youtube channel here : https://youtu.be/KFArdSeKxBs

Have a nice week !

Armand