M'BEMBA CD, Import
Salif Keita Already Had a 35-year Career Behind Him Before He Could Record at Home, in Bamako, in the Studio He'd Built Near the Nearby River Niger. His Career Had Taken Him to Abidjan, New York and Paris, and it was Inevitable that it Would One Day Take Him Back to the Land Where He was Born, and his Own People. Keita's Story is One of Many Consecutive Exiles. As an Albino, He was Disowned by his Own Father; As a Musician, He was Rejected by the Aristocracy of his Own Cast; And as a Man with Ambition, He Had No Choice but to Leave a Country which Offered No Professional Perspectives. The Result was a Path that Wandered, but his Strength, Talent and Clairvoyance Enabled Him to Find Fame and Fortune. So his Return to the Fold was Symbolic, and Something of a Triumph. This Album Marks the Real Return of the Prodigal Son to his Roots and History.
M'Bemba follows on the footsteps of his prior gem, Moffou, although M'Bemba is more joyous and capable of making the stiffest body dance with abandon.
Like Moffou, it is a set of traditionally conceived songs soaked in his Malian heritage, and maintaining and adding to form a tremendous core of musicians -Kante Manfila, Ousmane Kouyat' and Djelly Moussa Kouyat' along with Toumani Diabat' on kora, the great percussionist Mino Cinelu.
So the man so aptly called the "Golden Voice of Mali," proves this title fitting and shines throughout every one of these track, as he continues his inner journey home. Whether it is the tender "Bobo," the sensual cadence of "Laban, the hip-shaking grooves of "Calculer" and "Kamoukie," or the haunting beauty of the title track "M'Bemba."
Go and discover M'Bemba as soon as you can, and grab one of the market sellers' reasonably priced copies before they disappear, and you're facing the ungodly full price requested for an import copy.