Ramata Diakite —
Na ... CD Cobalt (France), 1999. Used ...
Fantastic Wassoulou music from southern Mali! On her first international solo release Ramata Diakite, who's previously worked with the likes of Salif Keita and Toumani Diabate, masterfully navigates the distinctive circular grooves that Wassoulou is famous for – thanks to fellow singers like Oumou Sangare and NahawaDoumbia – riding the lattice of balafon, n'goni, and djembe with rare assurance. The production brings in tasteful modern touches like electric guitar and bass, even some drum programming, but it never impinges on the music's breezy, bluesy nature. Tracks include "Aye Yafama", "Dibi", "Mogobalou", "Sina Mousso", and "Sonte Saramala". CD