09/02/2007

Toumani Diabate, Ketama & Danny Thompson - Songhai (1988)

One of the most interesting multicultural fusions of the 1980s was created by Mali-born kora (21-stringed lute) player Toumani Diabate, British bass player Danny Thompson, and members of Spanish flamenco group Katemah. Initially intending to record a one-time album in 1988, the group reformed to record a second album, Songhai 2, six years later. At the time of the first recording sessions, Diabate, the son of influential kora player Sidike Diabate, had begun to attract international attention with his solo album, Kaira. Released the previous year, the album remains one of the best-selling recordings of solo kora playing. Ketama was also beginning to gather steam. Consisting of two brothers – Antonio and Juan Miguel Carmona and a cousin, Juan Carmona, the group had released its self-titled debut album in 1985. A founding member of British folk-rock group, Pentangle, Thompson is one of England’s busiest sidemen, appearing on a lengthy list of albums by such top-notch artists as Richard Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, and Tom Paxton. (AMG)

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11 comments:

alonsii said...

Radu, cómo estás? Vuelvo de vacaciones y veo que te has adelantado y has puesto este disco antes... Que rabia!!! Es broma, como siempre tu gusto excelente!!! Por cierto no se llama Katemah, sino Ketama!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, was a DJ in college with a world music show and played this a lot, brings back many memories of a dark studio at about 11pm.

Zero G Sound said...

I just enjoyed Toumani Diabate´s Symmetric Orchestra recordings in the last days and now you are bringing this "historic" album to my attention. Thanks a lot!

By the way, I added you to the links on the zero g blog. Greetings!

alonsii said...

Por fin te la he devuelto, Radu!!! Acabo de poner un post sobre Ketama en L'Arbre de les 1000 músiques!!

Un abrazo compañero!!!

exy said...

Thanks, it's fantastic !!!!

eXy said...

Link is dead.
New link - http://sharebee.com/6c9a0d35

Sermo said...

I just found this album from the Russian nnm-forum (http://worldmusic.nnm.ru/toumani_diabate_ketama_danny_thompson_songhai_1988). They say, they got it from you, so I returned here and would get it from you too...

Sermo said...

Ah, the link is dead... So, I have to get it from the Russians...

Radu said...

New Link:

http://sharebee.com/6c9a0d35

many thanx, eXy!

eXy said...

thank YOU, Radu!

rintesh said...

Thanks for this outstanding post!