Dugu Wolo (Cowboy Angel Music CAM015, 2012)
American singer-songwriter and guitarist Adam Klein has adopted the artistic Malian name of Lassine Kouyate. His music crosses boundaries, with a mix of American roots music (blues, bluegrass) and traditional Mande music.
On Dugu Wolo, Adam Klein collaborates with Malian musicians. The vocals are the Bambara language and Malian musical instruments are used throughout the album.
The line-up includes Lassine Kouyate/Adam Klein on acoustic guitar, vocals; Souleymane Tounkara on guitar, jeliya on “Maliyo”; Abdoulaye ‘Kandiafa’ Kone on ngoni; Djeli Mory Tounkara on kora; Lassine Dembele on calabash; Drissa Diabate on tama; Abdoullaye Koussoube on jembe; Aiche Kouyate on vocals; Baba Simaga on karanyan; Bocar Sissoko on bass; Zoumana Tereta on njarka and Judith Gilbert on flute.
The CD version of Dugu Wolo comes in a digipak with CD and booklet. The booklet includes details about Adam’s musical experience in Mali, the instruments used and the meaning of the songs.
Dugu Wolo is a satisfying album that will be enjoyed by fans of Malian blues.