Les Escrocs - Mandinka Rap From Mali (CD)

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    1. Performer
    2. International
    3. Mali
    Number of Items
    Mandinka Rap From Mali
    Country of Origin
    USA / Canada
    Mono / Stereo
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Pirates
    Songs / Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Pirates
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Saara (Polygamy)
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Enseignants (Teachers)
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Tounga (Expatriates)
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Sida 2001 (AIDS 2001)
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Sida 2000 (AIDS 2000)
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Demisenw (Children)
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] KokadjŠ (Transparency)
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Farafina Mussow (African Women)
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Int‚gration Africaine (African Unity)
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Can 2002 (African Cup of Nations)
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Expuls‚s (The Expelled)
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Kalan (Study)
    14. [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Konoti‚ Magni (Clandestine Abortion)
    Release Date
    14 July 2008
    South Africa

    Les Escrocs: Salim Diallo, Mamadou Tounkara (vocals); Samba Diabate (guitar); Sekou Kant‚.
    Personnel: Mamadou Tounkara, Salim Diallo (vocals); Mahamane Diabate (balafon); Sekou Kant‚ (bass guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Banning Eyre.
    Recording information: Studio Bogolan, Bamako, Mali (1999-2002); Studio Mad M Cool, Bamako, Mali (1999-2002); Studio New York Brooklyn (1999-2002); Wanda Studios, Bamako, Mali (1999-2002).
    No one who is familiar with both African and American pop music will be surprised to learn that what passes for hip-hop in Mali might not be recognized as such in the South Bronx. That's not to say that it isn't funky, or that there isn't a lot of clever wordplay, or that the music isn't topical. In fact, Les Escrocs do a demonstrably better job of addressing issues in their music than the vast majority of current American hip-hop artists do -- songs on this album address everything from polygamy and AIDS to political corruption and feminism. But in strictly musical terms, the most significant difference between the music of Les Escrocs and just about any American hip-hop artist lies in the realm of hardness: this music doesn't have any. Look at the cover photo and you'll notice something weird -- rappers Salim Diallo and Mamadou Tounkara are smiling. They're not trying to present themselves as pimps or hard cases. No bling, no SUVs, no pimp canes, no scantily clad women -- just a handful of guys (plus one female singer) in casual dress expressing themselves to the accompaniment of mostly acoustic instruments, with the occasional electronic beat thrown in for flavor. Of course, that laid-back aesthetic means that things aren't always as compelling as they might be, but on highlight tracks like "Kalan" and "Konoti‚ Magni," the balance between traditional and modern sounds yields something very close to magic. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

    Naxos (Distributor)
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Video Disabled
    Les Escrocs
    Mamadou Tounkara; Salim Diallo; Salim Diallo
    Tounkara, Mamadou
    1. Escrocs, Les
    Date Released
    Yves Wernert
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