London, UK – The clearest evidence of Baaba Maal‘s remarkable shows comes with ‘Baaba Maal on the Road‘ a selection of live performances collated from concerts around the world over the past ten years.
Although Maal’s music has embraced everything from electric bands to 70-piece orchestras, it is his intimate acoustic performances which, for many, properly encompass the very real contagious nature of Maal’s work. It is this raw emotional edge that is showcased on the eight tracks featured on this album.
Included are live versions of a few of the finest songs in Maal’s repertoire plus three collectors items a song called Iyango’ which has never been recorded before, together with ‘Farba’, a tune that’s appeared only on an Africa-only cassette release, and the hard to get ‘Bamba’.What makes the album even more significant is the extraordinary genius of kora maestro, the late Kaouding Cissoko, providing the most melodic and delicate of frameworks for Maal’s magisterial voice. For an added bonus, ‘Koni’ features the immaculate guitar work of Jamaican legend Ernest Ranglin, a contribution that emphasizes Maal’s openness to working with musicians from different cultures and countries.
Available as a digital download exclusively from www.baabamaal.tv or on 12-inch hand-numbered limited edition vinyl.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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