In his recent review of The Young Man's Harp, the final recordings by Vieux Kanté, Bruce Miller wrote, "Frustratingly, this debut from blind kamalé n'goni master Kanté, will likely be the only record to come out under his name, as he died suddenly in 2005, and these recordings, made that year, languished for another 11 years."
Well, I was recently informed by one of our readers that, in fact, there is another set of recordings by this master of the instrument, made in Bamako in 2001, recorded informally by Vincent Dorléans. Presented here are seven solo performances with voice and kamalé n'goni by Vieux Kanté, to complete the limited picture we have of a wonderful artist, too soon gone. - CF
Vieux Kanté The Young Man's Harp
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