Music of the Month
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Our Music of the Month selection for June 2021 Boubacar "Badian" Diabaté Mande Guitar
"This recording of Boubacar Badian Diabate blows my mind. He's doing things I've never heard anyone do before."
- Bill Frisell
I am very pleased to present an artist you have likely never heard before, part of a new series of recordings of great African guitarists, and the initial release by a new record label formed by veteran guitarist, journalist and co-founder of Afropop Worldwide, Banning Eyre.
Mande Guitar: African Guitar Series, Volume 1 is an intimate acoustic recording session by a phenomenal Mande guitarist.
Born and raised in Bamako, Mali, in a family of djeli (griot) musicians, Badian is well known at home as a master of his art and a highly innovative improviser, yet he is considered an unsung hero of Malian guitar outside the Mande world. This new recording provides an opportunity to hear one of these great maestros outside of his usual milieu, Maliís noisy and vibrant wedding parties. The album showcases Badian in purely acoustic, instrumental mode, playing stunning instrumental renditions of some of the great tunes of the Mande repertoire.
Just give the excerpts below a listen and I am sure you will find yourself agreeing with Mr Frisell.