Bridgewater’s Malian Grooves

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Red Earth (Decca/Universal Music, 2007)

American jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater ventured into the exciting sounds of Mali for her latest recording, Red Earth. It is not secret that Mali has some of the most exhilarating music in west Africa and has attracted many musicians from the blues, rock and world music fields.

For Red Earth, Bridgewater used her usual band, formed by Edsel Gómez, Ira Coleman and Minino Garray plus 41 Malian musicians, including stars such as Toumani Diabate, Oumou Sangare, Kasse Mady Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate and Cheick-Tidiane Seck.

On some songs, Bridgewater sings solo, accompanied by her jazz band, a powerful Malian percussion section, kora and various other Malian instruments. On other spectacular pieces, Bridgewater sings with one more Malian vocalists, such as Oumou Sangare and Kasse Mady Diabaté.

The Malian grooves are hard to beat and they blend perfectly with American jazz. The African Diaspora meets modern Africa in an explosion of captivating sounds.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.