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Afrocubism: Afrocubism
Buy! - (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
World Circuit Records’ Nick Gold attempted to bring some of the finest Cuban and Malian musicians together in 1996, but when that project fell through, he ended up spearheading the sessions that produced the award-winning Buena Vista Social Club. 14 years later, he tried again, and this time it happened. The Cuban side is represented by legendary singer/guitarist Eliades Ochoa and his famed band Grupo Patria, while the Malian musicians include ngoni lute master Bassekou Kouyate, Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, kora master Toumani Diabate, griot singer Kasse Mady Diabate and balafon player Lassana Diabate. The end result is a subtle, seamless blend of Afro-Cuban and Malian styles that works beautifully from beginning to end. 11/1/2010 - Don Yates