oumar konaté Live In Bamako (CD, £14.95)
Recorded live in March of 2017 at the Songhoy, one of the several clubs in Bamako where you can find Oumar Konaté holding court on Friday and Saturday nights. The place is packed by 1AM. Then the high-energy Afro-rock kicks into gear. Around 2AM, Oumar slips into Takamba rhythm and everyone jumps up to dance; like everywhere else in the world, people are having fun on the weekend. An award-winning musician from Mali, Oumar Konaté represents the new generation, influenced by music from around the world. Konaté is a rocker who can deliver heartfelt acoustic ballads as well as jam-band brash crowd-pleasing solos. On these recordings, the core band was: Oumar Konaté - lead guitar and vocals; Mahalmadane Traoré and Makan Camara - drums; Dramane Touré - bass; John F Dilligent - keyboards. The band was joined by a loyal cadre of young talent who add their spice to the mix. Without a doubt, the crowd has come to party and Oumar does not disappoint.
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