Alpha Ousmane Sankaré, also known asHama or Pedro, is a legend. He has anchored the bands of many great artists of Mali: Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, le Troupe Regionale de Niafunké, l’Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars, and Mamadou Kelly. He can be heard on many of the seminal recordings of the music of Mali. He is the master of contemporary calabash percussion. His influence is unchallenged, as composer, arranger and instrumentalist. Unbelievably, Ballébé is his first album in his own name!
BALLEBE - Calling All Africans
As the opening song says: “everybody groove”.
A tour de force by Malian master musician Hama Sankare. A musical adventurer, Hama is always reaching for new excitement. This album, his first after over 40 years in the business, combines the additional production and remixes by Los Angeles based David Harrow, the grammy-winner Cindy Cashdollar, the brilliant guitarist Oumar Konate, bass wizard Sekou Toure, drummer Mahalmadane Traore, traditional masters Yoro Cisse on djourkel and Bouba Cissao on njarka for what can only be described as reaching into the past and the future simultaneously. Hama is always searching, always exploring, using his vast repertoire as composer and writer to expand into new territory.
Genre: desert blues, blues, fusion, World
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