Nahini Doumbia & Les Espoirs Du Mali
Percussion and Songs from Mali (Arc EUCD2245, 2009)
On the CD Percussion and Songs from Mali, Nahini Doumbia & Les Espoirs Du Mali present a percussion fest featuring the popular jembe (a.k.a. djembe), bala (a.ka.a. balafon), dun dun (a.k.a. jun jun, doum doum) and the yabara (a shaker related to the Cuban chekere) . Master drummer Nahini Doumbia was born in the Ivory Coast, but he moved to Mali (the land of his parents) during the civil war in 2002. He leads the percussion and dance ensemble, incorporating spectacular jembe solos.
The extensive CD booklet provides detailed information about the musical instruments, musical pieces and the musicians. The music selection includes traditional dances from Mali as well as original works composed by Nahini Doumbia.
Percussion and Songs from Mali is a great example of the vitality and incendiary power of Malian percussion.
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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 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.