Friday, March 9, 2012

CD Review: Aly Keita's 'Farafinko'

Aly Keita

Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Aly Keita is a professionally-trained balafonist steeped in the ancient Mande traditions of West Africa. Ten tracks feature solo balafon music that is sure to excite the instrumental fan in all of us. The music is entirely void of vocals, which makes it a beautiful recording of balafon bounty. Fellow balafonist, Keletigui Diabate joins Aly on "Lafia." The lack of vocals provides a perfect backdrop for playing along or listening. Nearly forty-minutes of music provides a celebratory gateway into the world of African balafon music. Liner notes provide song details and inspirations. Perfect for African music fans, balafon fans, and West African aficionados of traditional, instrumental music. ~ Matthew Forss

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