Karamba Dioubaté Eeux Mandingues ARB (France)
Karamba Dioubaté is a Paris-based griot who has worked with some of the major stars of the West African scene, including Kerfala Kouyaté and Ibro Diabaté. Originally from Boké in eastern Guinea, Karamba has performed since an early age, with his main instrument being the acoustic guitar. This is his debut CD and it presents a quality selection of Mande roots-pop with some interesting flavors added. To the line-up of kora, balafon and jembe, Karamba has incorporated the charango, a ten-string plucked lute originally from the Andes. This unusual addition to the standard Mande ensemble works extremely well, as the instrument blends perfectly with its African counterparts. It also serves to highlight the current emphasis on acoustic arrangements and poly-rhythmic textures that are found in Guinean (especially European-based Guinean) music.
(Editions ARB, 46 rue Sainte-Anne, 75002 Paris, France)
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