Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Jacob, you bloody idiot! Death for Life?

Monday, March 16, 2009

In the 1960's, the West African country of Mali began enjoying it's restored independence after 70 years of French colonialism. To resurrect the musical traditions, the new government created a stack of so-called regional orchestras. These groups then suprisingly began integrating European & American instruments and electrified sounds, as well as popular Cuban salsa feels into the rich & historic repertoire of Malian traditional music. I guess they didn't want the kids to bypass their own culture and history just because there weren't any wild surf guitar solos in the tunes. I can also hear some strange musical links between this kinda stuff and 1950's Calypso music....

Download part of 'Sanjina' by Orchestre Regional de Kayes here.