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.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.