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Savane

Ali Farka Touré

2006

Savane

Album Summary

Savane is the final solo album by Malian musician Ali Farka Touré. It is the third and final part of the Hôtel Mandé Sessions, featuring Touré and Toumani Diabaté, recorded by World Circuit head Nick Gold. The album was released posthumously by World Circuit on 17 July 2006, more than four months after Touré's death. The recording sessions at Hôtel Mandé in Bamako took place from June to July 2004. Touré, suffering from cancer, had wanted to remain in Mali, so a temporary studio was set up on the top floor of the hotel. Touré approved the final master of Savane just weeks before his death in March 2006. He said of the album: "I know this is my best album ever. It has the most power and is the most different."Savane features a number of non-African blues musicians, such as Little George Sueref, Pee Wee Ellis, and also Touré's protégé since the age of 13, Afel Bocoum. It was released to high critical acclaim, earning a 94 on Metacritic. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.In 2009. It was awarded a gold certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 100,000 copies throughout Europe.

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Rating

3.02

Votes

4672

Genres

  • Blues
  • World
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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

This is what I'd put on in the background of a neighborhood party to give people the impression I'm deep and interesting. Some will find it annoying and be reminded of the human torture scene from Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom. Those are the people who leave early and giveaway the fact they're not cut out for the Swingers Lifestyle. Everyone else grabs a random set of keys from the petri dish and goes home with a delightful stranger.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
5

African (Malian to be specific) blues is... well, it's a niche sound. I've rubbed up against it in the form of the artist Bombino before but this is a whole different level of unique. It... it FEELS like the blues. But, at the same time, it feels distinctly african. There are harminicas, banjos, and guitars... but also hand drums and some sort of unique stringed instrument (Zither? Kora? Not sure.) mixed in. It all combines into a wild and entrancing musical experience. Ali's voice is pure blues. Even though I can't understand most of what he's saying (though some of the album is in french, thankfully), his emotion comes right through the language barrier untarnished. Apparently, this album was released posthumously and, while I'm glad the world has this album, it's a crying shame that we lost this talent because the album is just really really good.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

This is really interesting, partly because I can’t quite figure out what it is. There are times I think I hear Arabic, and then times when I think I hear French. And it sounds mostly Arabic, but then sometimes it doesn’t. It’s so interesting.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

So good!!! Absolutely smooth, guitar is just another vocals and it blends beautifully with the music. Distinctly African and also distinctly Blues. Fantastic!

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

This album was a really cool change of pace. It's sound is both familiar and novel at the same time. I wouldn't have envisioned the mixture of American blues and African music to be so seamless, but this feels like it was meant to be. The intricacy of the guitar adds a lot to this album 5/5

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

I sincerely wish I could play guitar as well as Ali. A fantastic album and introduction to African blues/guitar. The layering of instruments is enchanting, and everything from melody to accompaniment feels absolutely fresh and interesting.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

Around 30 years ago, I was working with a client that had a gold project in Mali. I was intrigued with the country and sought out some local music. This is how I found Ali Farka Toure and his splendid guitar licks. He was a legend and the artist who attracted me to West African music. His album with Ry Cooder's in the mid 90s brought him well deserved exposure in North America. After this, he retreated to Timbuktu to revert to playing weddings and spend his "fortune" fixing sewers near his home town. What a man. His final musical offering is as good as they get. RIP

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Mon May 03 2021
4

I say this is in the nicest way possible: this sounds like a CD my parents would randomly own in the early 2000s that they'd play for us while on road trips because of its somewhat jazzy and folky stylings remind them of Celtic music they enjoyed, and it would become a part of my subconscious moving forward without me ever knowing what it was. Really good!

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

This was surprisingly delicious. The songs didn't really go anywhere, but they didn't really need to. They just chilled out and did their thing; I like that.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

When one traces the origins of their meal, they discover that even a simple pasta has traveled extensively; the tomatoes are from Mexico, the wheat from Ukraine, the eggs from New England, and the onions from Quebec. This album, too, has such strong roots in so many different communities. It is a deliciously simple dish with ingredients from West Africa, South Africa, France, USA, and the Arabian Gulf. It isn't the kind of dish that you discover, beg your friend for the recipe, and put into your regular rotation of meals at home. And when you prep it, it takes you to all those different moments with your friends across so many different places.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

This album creates a very specific ambience. It's a humid summer night in the south, I'm on an airboat en route to a Louisiana gumbo party, just cruising through the bayou. I wanna get there while the cornbread is still warm, but I'm also not rushing. I've never done any of those things in my life, but if I close my eyes while I listen to this album I feel like I might have.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

REALLY good. 5 stars.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

5

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

This has a feeling of soul. Passes lingual barriers, and just damn good to jam to.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Enjoyed well

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Nice memories

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Would be nice to have on out the back of the new Toowong pool hall while smoking a shisha but otherwise probably wouldn’t re-listen to be honest. Cool sounds though.

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Tue May 18 2021
5

I really enjoyed this, very fun to drive around to. It’s not something I would have listened to before but I can actually see myself listening to it again should I be in the mood. So for an album I’ve never listened to in a style I don’t usually consider I’m gonna give the 5 star

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

I loved it that I listened to the album again.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
5

quality music

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Una das mejores descobertas deste guía

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Another one I’d listen to again. Love the desert blues sound from beginning to end, with nice variation in mood throughout. Amazing voice and arrangements too.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

Lovely - blues and jazz with a Malian twist - warm and enchanting from end to end.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

Sensational guitarist, hypnotic rhythms and really interesting musically - time signatures, scales and use of intervals entirely different to western ears, but still recognisably the blues - Malian style. I love this.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Amazing album. Great world music. Great instrumentals. Awesome find.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

I really enjoy this a lot.

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Wed Oct 28 2020
4

4

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

Prefer the grooviest parts. Very good.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

If this album had English lyrics, it would be an easy 5-star. Maybe a strange reason to penalize it, but I really wanted to understand what was being sung.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

i mean i wouldnt play it on my own but its pretty nice musically

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

Good musically

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

I like it. Random blues world music vibe

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Familiarity: 0/10 Notes: I have no idea what he was singing about, but man I loved in. African Folk, instruments playing different rhythms, soothe sounds, Ali Farka Touré transcends his language, I thoroughly enjoyed the album throughout. Real Rating 7/10

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Strong. I need to explore his music a lot more.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Super unique feel to his music. It seems to be all tuned the same way with open strings. Love his voice although I couldn’t tell you what he’s saying. Makes me think of cold night in the desert

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Mon May 31 2021
4

enjoyed this one

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Very nice blues album. Good quality songs.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

African folk blues.. Easy listen

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Very cool desert blues, moody

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Thu Jun 24 2021
4

Though the language gap was limiting, the music was really cool. I could see myself listening to this again.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

Really liked this. Amazing guitar player

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Foreign yet familiar. Chill but lively. Music imitating life, or is it the other way around?

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Great Album, i never heard African Blues, it's very cool

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Loved this

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Very good alternative to the US / England concept of the blues. I also hear some jazz and middle eastern music in here. Similar to the Jimmy Page / Robert Plant Led Zeppelin Unplugged album.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, especially the first couple of songs and the title song. Will definitely listen to again (in fact, I listened to it again immediately), but I foresee I won't always be in the mood for it.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

There's a characteristic riff/line/warmup/intro in desert blues. It's not exactly a scale, so my mind makes a weak connection to ragas. This record has it in several places. Sometimes, a tune emerges from that stem, but more often the rest of the track crashes down in a percussive, deconstructed cascade. Those songs are the weirdest blues songs I've ever heard. Their coherence in incoherence is an order of magnitude stranger than any set of effects or recording techniques. Nothing here is particularly abstract, though: There is always the sense and sound of the instrument in the recording, which makes the crashing seem like that of blocks of wood. All that is just what caught my ear on the first listen. The songs that are different are also physical, but are far less formally strange. Energy crackles, but seemingly from behind a facade.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

Cool album, lots of interesting guitar Parts and lots of cool sounds

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

3.5/5. Different and good. I like the instrumentals throughout the album.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

What a delight this was, excelent.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

No way! I read Matthew Mcconaughey biography recently and he mentioned this guy as his favourite artist. I listened and got hooked, can't believe he's on top 1001 albums! Buzzin, real cool, proper unique and different to anything I've ever listened to, like African meets American Western, Bluesy. Sick music for late night with a whiskey 🙏 4/5

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Auch bei diesem Machwerk hatte ich vorher schlimmste Befürchtungen. Die sich nicht im geringsten bewahrheitet haben. Das Genre African Blues war mir gänzlich unbekannt. Diese Platte ist sehr geil. Der Vergleich mit John Lee Hooker drängt sich bei Touré sehr leicht auf, aber es gibt schlimmeres, als nach Hooker zu klingen.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Such a cool and interesting listen!

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Never should language be a barrier to enjoying music. This album is fun and will make ya wanna dance

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Pretty good. Very bluesy with a heavy African vibe.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

the looser songs are lovely

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Beautiful blues album

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

pretty good, not a big fan of the genre but I think it’s executed pretty well, the songs are nice and diverse and pretty groovy 7/10

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Awesome

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Great music to have on in the background. Mellow. Enjoyed it. Read up on the production of the album, Touré had cancer and knew it'd be his last album. Puts perspective on the enjoyment and spirit of musicianship, over commercial incentive.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Refreshingly different.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

I've become attracted of late to any form of tribal music. I love the romanticism and mystique that surrounds it. It's like a non-Western partisan and radical approach to music. Rocking the Casbah, etc. Ali Farka Touré has some great chants and even better blues. I've no idea what it all means, but I'm ready to enter the frontline.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

This is not something I'd generally play, but it's a great piece of work

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

I really liked this album. It has a droning quality to the music that took me off guard...reminded me of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way. Some really interesting sounds that are hard to place what instruments are making them. But musically it works. It has, to these ears anyway, Indian elements and middle eastern as well as African. I like the languid pace and the way the guitar circles in and out of the African rhythms offering colour to the beautiful tunes. 4.25 🌟

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Rich, warm, laid back sound. Loved it. Fave Songs: Soya, Savane, Soko Yhinka, N'Jarou, Banga, Hanana, Gambari Didi

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Swagane

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Really like this. Very well executed sound that envelops you. StronG 4

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Hårt ……. ……

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Liked this more than I expected. bluesy and country-ish but without the awful truckdriver lyrics.

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Really fantastic guitar work.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

I actually hadn't heard of Ali Farka Toure before this album came up and was fascinated what "African desert blues" sounded like. It's a pretty accurate description of the music and my first impression is that I love the guitar sound and the grooves. The songs are interesting and I will revisit this and some of his other recordings in the near future. Another cool find!

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Il y a des chansons vraiment magiques sur cet album. Cependant, ca ressemble beaucoup à son matériel. Pas que c'Est pas bon, mais Talkin Timbuktu est mon preféré et je dois être conséqent dans mes notes. Un belle écoute. 4.15

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Very unique blend of sounds, and a fun listen overall.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

It was nice when I wanted to relax after work. The melody felt like I was in another world which I appreciate since I don’t get to travel as much as I like to.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Hypnotic

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Instrumental de cordas africano com muito poder.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Really liked this one.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

One's not actually qualified to assess the subtleties of this one or whether Mali was some secret fount of the blues. But one likes it a lot nonetheless, as one has almost everything one's heard from AFT (especialy In the Heart of the Moon).Plenty of haunting melodies and straight-up blues riffs. At once listenable and substantive, rootsy in the best sense (that is, having great depth). And certainly one wishes one knew what was being sung. One expects it would be soulful and wise.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I’m pretty new to the blues, and have never heard this particular style. I had no idea that music could feel so genuinely bluesy and African at the same time. Some of the songs felt very similar to the blues of the American south while others sounded more Arab-influenced. The album sort of flowed over me and partway through my first listen I really started to connect with it. There’s something very inviting and soothing here. I’m not sure how often I will revisit this but I’m very glad to experience this album.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I thought I had an idea of what to expect from "The King of the desert 'blues' singers," but I really didn't. My first listen, the music was mostly background for work and was, at best, unobtrusive or, worse, boring. It didn't seem to have the hooks I expect from blues. But on a second, more focused listen, I started to appreciate it more. It's not an easy listen for my ears --- unexpected timing and rhythm, lyrics in a language I don't understand --- but it is interesting and different and I do like it.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Without this listening project, I don't think that I would have ever given this one a listen. I found it very interesting, but I think it will require a few more listens before I embrace it as a regular listen.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

Heel leuke Afrikaanse blues! Unieke sound met een leuke mix van verschillende genres

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

What’s striking about this album is the fact that it is clearly a blues album and clearly a Malian album fusing to form desert blues. The instrumentation was really interesting and everything just fit together really well. This album feels familiar and unfamiliar at the same time in a way that is wonderfully tantalizing. The groove is great, and the guitar playing is novel.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

i apologize for being a broken record but i am thrilled an album like this made this list! there are a ton of western albums on the list but other areas of the world are included, too. i hadn’t heard of this artist before, but i do know an artist’s final album released around the time of their death can be heavy and full of significance. i don’t think this album is an exception. i wish i understood the lyrics without a translation service, but i appreciate music with lyrics in another language. it leaves more to the imagination. savane is a beautiful album. while i wouldn’t typically call myself a fan of blues music, i enjoyed hearing the combination of blues with african music. the result is an intriguing listen. it’s very pleasant to the ears, and is a nice tribute to touré.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

A beautiful mix of different genres I like

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

This would be good music for a movie. I liked it.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

I have a nostalgic attachment to Toure’s Niafunke album, but these songs are just as good. Music that makes you feel cool listening to it. Fun songs to play along to with guitar. Good variety of instruments: amplified harmonica, saxophone, etc. I like the French lyrics of Savane, wish there were more translations online for the tracks in Peul.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

First time I've heard this. Really like it. Great desert blues

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Very interesting- sounds like French North African blues. Easy to listen to, and to chill to. Nice rhythms. Shame this was his last album.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

A brilliantly constructed album from an artist taken far too soon. Savane reminds its listeners that the roots of most popular music really do originate in Africa.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Never heard of him, and liked many of the songs

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Malia music meets delta blues

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

This was a pleasant surprise. I really was not sure what to expect from this album and I went in totally blind. It wasn't until it started playing that I started to look up the artist and found out the style and such. I really liked the guitar, and how the blues and the other music blended together. Definitely a style all to its own, and definitely something I will be looking in to some more.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

Nisam znala za desert blues al mi je drago da sad znam

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

This album is good in a weird way. The guitar sounds strange, but enjoyable. It's kinda hard to put how this album sounds into words. But either way, I enjoyed it. Probably won't go looking for more music like this, but I enjoyed this. Favorite song: Beto Worst song: Gambari Didi

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

J'ai reçu hier soir un message de mon ennemi juré eltrapeze me confiant son inquiétude au sujet de l'état de santé de Robert. Celui que vous connaissez probablement sous son nom complet Robert Dimery, bien qu'il eût été en Erasmus au moment de publier son grimoire des 1001, est aujourd'hui un vieux monsieur sénil. D'après les nouvelles qu'eltrapeze me donna, Robert se serait persuadé d'être africain depuis plusieurs jours. Je me rendis donc à son domicile pour évaluer la situation par moi-même. À mon arrivée, Robert m'ouvrit grand la porte avec un accoutrement pour le moins minimaliste, celui-ci étant constitué d'un simple étui-pénien. « Ti vé di thiéboudiène ? » me lança-t-il avec un accent très caricatural qu'on aurait dit tout droit sorti de Tintin au Congo. « Non merci... » répondis-je avant que celui-ci ne tchipe de la manière la plus forcée qui soit. Je décidai de lui casser une énième fois la figure.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Well worth the listen.

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Tue Sep 29 2020
3

A very interesting record. I have not listened to much Malian before.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Love hearing different kinds of music. Guy is a hell of a guitar player

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Thu Jan 07 2021
3

Interesting

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Not bad, some cool sounds

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Interesting to venture out into a world that I normally do not go to. Great guitar work, overall a decent album

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

It was neat

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

Didn't give this as much time as it probably deserved

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Blues sencillo y Cha-bo-chon.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

neat

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Esta como entre Radiohead y the Nationals, pero mas blusero.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Blues originates from African traditions, became what it is in the American South, and returned to Africa and further evolved, and today I heard for the first time this evolution. It sounds really interesting, I loved the guitar work. Was enjoyable to explore.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

I don’t remember it

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Es como india o africana ... cansina. No me ha gustado.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

A generous three stars. It's fine. I like the odd AFT track in isolation, but this album was a little numbing. The guitars twang, the rhythms lollop along pleasantly, but nothing really stuck. A nice diversion into Malian music, which I genuinely have some fondness for, but there's better stuff out there. There's better AFT music, for starters

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Interesting indeed... just not my cup of tea...

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

No idea what this about but its a bloody Jam!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Otro comentario de mi estilo. Que está muy bien, pero me cansé a la mitad.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

This sort of presented itself to me as sort of a psychedelic, middle eastern flavored blues record. I guess not exactly Amercican blues but it was close and definitely had a similar sound until the phrase would resolve in sort of a microtonal/different way to the American ear. I enjoyed this though

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Fri Jul 09 2021
3

I like the genre/style of the album, but an hour of it drags on and gets a bit repetitive

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Worth a go. A bit different.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

It's good. It's slow. It sounds like the background music in a organic café.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

great vibes chill relax cool

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

I love the guitar on this album! A lot of the songs weren't my favorite, but I appreciate the musicianship on display here!

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Might be a decent album for background noise, otherwise I don't see myself listening to it much more.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Aside from not understanding the language, it's pretty good blues.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

An interesting fusion of genres, but whilst enjoyable, not sure I would go out of my way to listen.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

this kind of slaps very chill

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

I’ll throw a couple of tracks into a blues or afternoon mix. Interesting song construction and melodies.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
3

the progression of songs was quite slow, but i enjoyed most tracks

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Thu Aug 19 2021
3

2.5 bumped to a 3 because I did enjoy quite a bit of the instrumentation.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

5/10

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Weniger ausgefallen als befürchtet

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Mit schlechtem Gewissen sage ich’s: weltmusik für mich schwer…

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Wed Sep 15 2021
3

Maybe I'm too close-minded on 'world music', but I found this nice-but-meh

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Its was ok, I couldn't really get into it and I fully blame my more "western" tastes.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

23rd September 2021 Listened to the majority on the bus home from bowling with Cox, Dan and Ailis. I really enjoyed this, not what I was expecting. I like the bluseyness, it's epherial and primal.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Neat tunes. Not entirely my style but I respect the musicianship immensely.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Medio gede por momentos, pero linda música.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Really good. Unlike anything I've heard.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Took me a few songs to get into it

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Not my favorite Toure album, but I haven't heard a bad album from the man.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Blues africano. Un tanto rollo. Le pongo un 3 por agradecer que metan cosas distintas en la lista...

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Some really nice sounds but probably wouldn't listen again.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

An interesting fusion of the exotic sounds of North West Africa, blues and folk. Not speaking the local dialect means I obviously don't have any clue what the songs are about, which means I focused on the sounds, the grooves and the feel of the music. There are some non western scales, which gives the songs an exotic edge. Overall not bad, but I wasn't blown away in the same way the first time I heard music by John Berberian or my beloved album by The Gurus.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

This was pretty great! One that I had not heard of at all so had no expectations coming in, and it was a really interesting listen. I will definitely be checking out some more of his work

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Weirdly I thought the album got stronger as it went on - loved the last few songs.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Took me a little while to warm up to this but it really grew on me once I was a few songs in!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Afrikanisch/arabischer Blues ohne große nennenswerte Höhepunkte aber auch nicht schlecht.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Enjoyable mix of African and blues music, no idea what the lyrics mean.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Decent blues with African twist

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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

World Music? Is that condescending? Proto blues, some cool call and response vocals. Guitar noodling all around, it was sometimes captivating.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Respectable African guitar music from Ali, you wouldn't tell that this was his final effort. The minimal arrangements in the songs makes it stand out at times. Favorites: Erdi, Beto, Soya, Soko Yhinka.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Thoroughly entertaining, infectious grooves from the master.

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Skemmtilega öðruvísi plata.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

This was an interesting listen. I liked it.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Smooth, I like it.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

There is a nice delta blues feel to this album. I like the addition of sax and flute and of course background singers.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

On one hand, this is blues that often sounds and feels like John Lee Hooker and at other times sound exotic in that "wow, who could have imagined they make music in non Western and non English speaking countries [hint-hint-nudge-nudge to the curators of this list, who seem to think such music is some sort of an exotic exception]". On the other hand, over the course of an hour, I got the point and frankly got bored, too.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

За оригинальность однозначно плюс. Интересный сплав блюза и африканских мотивов. Однако сам материал не зацепил. Не было песни, которая бы заставила поставить себе лайк и прослушать ещё раз. 5 из 10.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

3, africa

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

Ok this is pretty cool, it's got a dirty blues sound to it but also an African/Arabic flavour. Wouldn't listen again but I also feel like the project did what it was meant to do with this album. 3/5.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

I thought this was fine.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

partaj!

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

I tried to connect with this. A whole lot of sounds and harmonies that don't work for my western ears, which is of course my failing and not theirs. Still doesn't stand out for me. Best track: Savane

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

Not varied enough to hold my long term interest I am afraid

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Interesting stuff.

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Soya

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Pretty organic album. But unfortunately only one track is really good. (5/10) FT: Savane, Soko Yhinka

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Stuk beter dan die Afrikaanse muziek van een paar dagen geleden, al had ik het na een paar nummers wel gehoord.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

Cool album, would like to dig more into this artist's catalog - grew on me with the lush and layered instrumentation - 3.5 stars

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

was fine

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

I'm really happy to finally have West Africa in this project. It was definitely worth being included as noteworthy and interesting. I really appreciated hearing the connection to West African music and African-American blues. That said, this one felt a bit more like homework than listening for pleasure, so I’m not putting it in my rotation, but I'm still glad to have experienced this.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

This was an intriguing listen! I am really not a blues fan, but the African spin put on this type of music makes it a lot more interesting! Hearing how Ali Farka Touré interprets the genre and gives it a different flair was intriguing! He still finds a way to penetrate with his vocals, reminding the listener that this is still blues music. I felt like where the album really shined was on the guitar and other string instruments. The rapid, yet precise picking often gave things an almost Arabian-sounding quality from a musical perspective. Where I would normally find blues music boring and drawling, the vocal and string qualities made this very enjoyable as well as easy to listen to. I have never heard anything quite like this, and I definitely enjoyed the experience.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I think I would have scored this higher had it been in English. Ties are quality but didn’t have an ‘in’ through the lyrics

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Nice blues music, nothing special.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Eh

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Estuvo ok. Igual es interesante conocer un estilo que amalgama géneros tan dispares, pero en realidad son prejuicios musicales porque escuchando el disco hace todo el sentido del mundo un blues africano.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Really cool instrumentation. You can almost see a connection to delta blues. I can't understand a word of it, but that's not the point!

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I like blues and its always interesting to hear music from different cultures, overall it was a good sounding album

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

I enjoyed it as peaceful background music

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

nice blues album...enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

I didn't mind it; sort of an eclectic or unique brand of blues. I don't know how much more I can say than that. It was good background music, it had some cool bluesy guitar sometimes, some cool subtle percussions other times, and overall felt more like blues meets traditional Brazilian, Spanish, Middle Eastern, South Asian, or African sounds. I know it was probably supposed to be more of the last one, but it felt more worldly.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

So hard to rank these when they are so different from my usual listening. I enjoyed the sounds and feel

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Tue Nov 03 2020
2

Background music for coffee shops.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

Just not my thing

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

I wanted to like this more, but not really for me.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

Not for me

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Not for me

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Not super interesting

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Throw in a fuzz pedal and drop that guitar down to B tuning and this could be a pretty rad drone metal record. As is, not something I’ll likely listen to again but I love how clean and clear the production is. Dude looks pretty cool on the cover there. I want that chair.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Chill blues

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Tue May 18 2021
2

2/5

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

Coming deep out of left field (Mali to be exact), this album has a lot of grizzled soul. Songs tend to be overly long and overstay their welcome with little variation to justify their length. This ultimately becomes an exercise in how much one can "appreciate" world music in one sitting, which isn't very long for me.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Anti perfectionist approach to this album, I like it already. Although, opening track began to feel like a loop towards the end. Stronger vocals presence in the 2nd track. But not too compelling.... A different variation in the 3rd track but after a few seconds it shows that this song is just like the first two in terms of instrumentals. Not my type of album. Needs more variation for me. 2 stars.

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Tue May 18 2021
2

I will admit to this one being a DNF. But that's not because it's bad music - it definitely isn't. But blues isn't generally my genre as it's too slow and steady. It gets 2 because I love the harmonisation between the voices and instruments on the tracks I did listen to.

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Tue May 11 2021
2

Ok, I’ll just going to say it, it sounds like a bunch of guys having a music session together rather than a actual album. I mean maybe that’s the intention I dunno but with the exception of the album title track they all just passed me by. I like to think I’m pretty diverse and open minded with my music tastes but after a week of doing these reviews it appears that I’m not, so there’s that.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

A 2.5... ok enough for a light listen. I liked the depth of the music, in both the different instruments as well as the accents of blues, Indian, Caribbean, Spanish etc... Most of the songs in themselves were repetitive and sometimes too long. Plus not being able to take away anything lyrically and the spoken/chanting vocals knock it down for me. And was generally kinda over it by the end.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Mix van blues, afrikaans, arabische muziek. Interessant, maar voor mij niet lang te luisteren.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Het lijkt wel alsof het is opgenomen met een glas over de microfoon..

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Has some influences of Robert Johnson, only 90 years later. Sound a bit dull, sloppy and some instruments are out of tune. And boy, I do miss the percussion.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
2

Not my thing

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

I couldn't get into it. Not bad, just not for me.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Pretty chill but not a bop.

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