Salif Keita Returns With Remixes From Moffou

New York, USA – Known around the world as “The Golden Voice of Africa,”
Salif Keita is back with

Remixes from Moffou
based on his 2002 recording

. On

, Keita blended the
traditional styles of his West African homeland with influences from Cuba,
Spain, Portugal and the Middle East. Using traditional African instruments
including the n’goni and the jembe along with guitar, calabass and flute, Keita
created some of his most exquisite works to date.

Remixes from Moffou
expands on the original recording that took him on a tour around the world. He
collaborated with some of the world’s finest producers and DJ’s, each bringing a
unique contribution to the music, changing its tempo and atmosphere. A sound
with a whole new dimension, the disc has traces of funk, house and drum-n-bass.
The CD was released this week on Decca/Universal Music. Each song on

Remixes from Moffou
> is transformed – the songs were given a new face
without distorting the delicate melodies that were originally written. The idea
to remix the entire album was spawned from the feedback that was given from
young music fans. They rushed out to buy “Yamore” (Keita’s duet with

Cesaria Evora
) and club kids went crazy for Marin Solveig’s remix of “Madan.”
European FM radio stations also took notice of the remix which prompted
Universal France to take a step further.

Patrick Votan, artistic director at
Universal Jazz France explains, “Following the success of “Madan” we decided
to ask electro artists who are close to the African scene such as Osunlade,
Doctor L and Frederic Galliano to work on remixes of other tracks from the
album. We also got major mainstream electro stars such as La Funk Mob (the
defunct duo of Cassius Philippe Zdar and Boombass who got back together for the
project), Charles Webster and Luciano on board the project in the hope that this
would take the work of Salif Keita, a unique and original artist, to the ears of
a new public

Highlights from the disc include three different versions of favorites “Madan”
and “Moussoulou.” Also featured is the slick mix of “Ana Na Ming” by La Funk

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.