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Track Listing
1. Yé Namè
2. N’tôgnôli
3. Try Voice
4. Balazan
5. Dissan Konon
6. Bérèma Djémbe
7. Blues Chasseur
8. Il Est Temp
9. Lanaya Fouru
10. Vous Savez
11. Paani
Harouna Samake
Kamale Blues
One World Records
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Price £12.99
• Harouna Samake, long time Kamale n’goni player for legendary Malian musician Salif Keita, is releasing his first solo album, Kamale Blues, in August, 2018. Recognised as Mali’s foremost Kamale n’goni player, Harouna has a long history of award winning musical collaborations. He arranged and recorded on five of Salif Keita’s albums and has also recorded on more than 50 albums with artists including Blick Bassy, Djessou Mory Kanté, Etienne Mbappé and Bassekou Kouyate, to name a few. On his new solo album, Harouna employs his talents to reflect upon issues present in the world around him. His lyrics are the foundation for this conceptual approach, referencing themes of immigration, wealth & inequality, gender relations, and human rights. Sung mostly in his native Bambara with some English and French phrasing, Harouna’s album mixes various genres – from manding styles, to jazz and blues. His sound is unique, groovy and full of lawyers of tradional Malian arrangements with contemporary ideas and strong solos. The chorus are song with the soft angelic vocal of his wife, Assetou Diakite that contrasts Harounas soft yet somewhat ‘raw’ voice. Over the subsequent years, his style and abilities have impressed many internationally acclaimed artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Lennister & Mike Stern, and Bella Flick. After eighteen years touring internationally with Salif Keita, Harouna ipresents his exceptional talents as a musician, composer, arranger and producer to marvel a whole new global audience of listeners through his full-length album, Kamale Blues. The album was recordorded and produced by Harouna Samake & Carolina Vallejo, at Harouna’s studio in Bamako, Mali.
Reviews For Kamale Blues
Songlines - Nigel Williamson
Salif's kamalengoni man steps into the solo spotlight… His voice is a raw instrument, reminiscent of the declamatory style of Hugh Masekela and is effective when contrasted with soft, sweet chorus vocals of his wife Assetou. Yet his vocals lack the dexterity of his fingers, which can be heard to dazzling effect on the acoustic instrumental Dissan Konon.