The Seductive Burkinabe Beats of Baba Commandant and The Mandingo Band


Baba Commandant and The Mandingo Band – Siri Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies, 2018)

Siri Ba Kele is the second album by Baba Commandant and The Mandingo Band, a formidable band from Burkina Faso. Baba Commandant (Mamadou Sanou) and his colleagues play music rooted in Manding traditions with a modern edge, incorporating Afrobeat, rock guitars and funk.

Siri Ba Kele contains a set of powerful songs with charismatic vocals, irresistible rhythms, hypnotic balaphone, outstanding electric guitar work, and equally good doso ngoni performances.

The lineup on Siri Ba Kele includes Baba Commandant on vocals and doso ngoni; Issouf Diabate on guitar; Massibo Taragna on bass; Mohamed Sana on drums; and Sami Kimpe on balaphone.

The album is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (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.
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