San Francisco, USA – Tassoumakan (meaning "Voice of Fire") is Issa Bagayogo ‘s third full-length CD for American label Six Degrees. For this project he worked with French producer/keyboardist Yves Wernert. On Tassoumakan, Bagayogo shows that the musical traditions of Mali are perhaps stronger now than ever before.
Issa Bagayogo’s recordings are made in Bamako, Mali’s capital city, rather than in Europe or North America. Yves Wernert’s studio was set up in Mali in the early 1990s with the goal of allowing the musicians there to create their own brand of new music, and Bagayogo has done just that. His band includes some of Mali’s top guitarists, like Karamokou Diabate and Mama Sissoko, and the result is an organic mix of West African and Western pop.
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.