Jali Musa Jawara
Jali Musa Jawara
He learned the fine points of playing the kora from a brilliant performer named Batourou Sekou and gradually forged an individual style. In the late 70s, Djeli visited Abidjan, Ivory Coast and performed for a time with the legendary Rail Band in Bamako, Mali. He eventually went solo, working with Djenne Doumbia, a remarkable singer who later graced Salif Keita's band. A British label put out his first LP, "Yasimika," in 1983 and it is revered today as one of the finest African albums of all time.
Following a series of false starts, he began to record for the Paris-based Melodie label, and his works were rapturously received by the press and public. His mid-nineties release FLAMENKORA is a richly diverse set that underscores the shared Moorish roots of Flamenco and the djeli tradition, combining sultry, Latin-tinged dance grooves with song of the ancient Manding Empire. With a simple palette of kora and voice, Djeli Moussa Diawara has fashioned his heritage into sounds and emotions that speak eloquently to a contemporary audience. OCEAN BLUES is the exciting collaboration between Djeli and Bob Brozman.
Recorded in the space of only four days near Bob's home in California, the album reflects the fluid communication that arose between the two friends during the period leading up to the recording, beginning in 1999 when they met on La Reunion Island, and continuing through the ensuing summer, when Bob assembled Djeli and a host of world musicians for the International Troupe Tour of Canada. Since the release of OCEAN BLUES, Bob and Djeli have performed together in South Africa, Canada, France, Belgium, and the UK. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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