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Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City

Various Artists
Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City

Originally from Mali, Guinea, Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau, these artists are now part of the global beat of New York City's music scene. Though their music has a distinctively contemporary Afropop sound, they are all jalilu—practitioners of ancient performance traditions dating back to the 13th century Empire of Mali. This exquisite recording showcases singing by masters of the soaring vocal style of jaliya and virtuoso instrumental playing on the bala, kora, n'goni, tambin, djembe, dundun, guitar, and bass. A testimony to the vitality and creativity of immigrant communities in America, this music and its performers seamlessly combine contemporary life in urban New York with African traditions.

Track Listing

Fakoli (Mali) Super Manden: Abdoulaye Diabate, Abou Sylla, Fousseny Kouyate, Yacouba Sissoko, Mamadou Diabate, Chi 6:03
Jigiya (Mali) Adjaratou Tapani Sissoko with Super Manden 6:52
Kinzan (Guinea/Mali) Adjaratou Tapani Sissoko with Super Manden 6:04
Nanfulen (Guinea/Mali) Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden 6:45
Janjon (Mali) Abdoulaye Diabate, Abou Sylla, Famoro Dioubate, Yacouba Sissoko, Fousseny Kouyate, Peter Fand, Fodé 5:57
Sidi Yellah (Gambia) Mahamadou Salieu Susso 6:21
Sori Kemedon (Guinea) Abou Sylla, Famoro Dioubate 5:12
Keme Burema (Guinea) Bah Bailo, Sylvain Leroux, Keba Cissoko, Famoro Dioubate 5:02
Allah L'A Ke (Guinea Bissau) Keba Bobo Cissoko 5:15
Diniya (Guinea) Djefalima Diabate, Abou Sylla, Fodé Bangoura 6:26
Djiu De Galinha (Guinea Bissau) Keba Cissoko, Famoro Dioubate, Chikako Iwahori, Sylvain Leroux, Rufus Cappadocia, Peter Fand, Stefan Monssen 5:45