Rodgers, Mighty Mo And Baba Sissoko / Griot Blues
Album: Griot Blues   Collection:World
Artist:Rodgers, Mighty Mo And Baba Sissoko   Added:Feb 2018
Label:One Root Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-03-06 Pull Date: 2018-05-08 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: May 13 May 6 Apr 22 Apr 15 Apr 8 Mar 25 Mar 18 Mar 11
Airplays: 1 2 4 2 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 10, 2018: Melange
Donke/Dance, The Blues Went To Africa
4. May 05, 2018: Music Casserole
Mo Ba
2. May 10, 2018: At the Cafe Bohemian
Shake 'em Up Charlie
5. May 03, 2018: At the Cafe Bohemian
The Blues Went To Africa, Shake 'em Up Charlie
3. May 08, 2018: Lucid Lightning: Power Hour
Shake 'em Up Charlie
6. Apr 21, 2018: Old Fart at Play

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2018-02-28
Publicist calls this a “love potion of African roots and Mississippi mud.” I agree. Great musicality. Fun lyrics. Cool percussion. Concept along the lines of Bela Fleck's “Throw Down Your Heart” tracing the banjo back to its African roots but this is more organic less documentary; two musicians communicate only with their music; NO common spoken language! Mo Rodgers has a great voice and style reminiscent of Otis Redding

No FCC's; Favorite tracks –1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11 /All tracks are good and varied in style and subject.

*1—Shake 'Em Up Charlie-- 4:11 – story lyrics about “good time Charlie” who joined the revolution with very captivating instrumentation including unusual percussive sounds

2—Mali to Mississippi –3:37 --”when you hear the boogie you hear the motherland,” rockin' blues harp along with African percussion

*3—Nalu/Mother –3:24—nice syncopated, skipping rhythm with African lyrics that segue to English

*4 ---Donke/Dance –4:52-- starts with recording of voices; another great rhythm expertly rendered; nice chord modulation; really grooves along

5—Demisenu/Children –2:10-- cry to save the children in English and Malian language; exquisite percussion

**6 – The Blues Went to Africa –3:48-- American blues style with African underpinnings

7—Djeli/Griot/Storyteller –3:47-- sets up a nice motif; sung bilingually

*8—Drunk As a Skunk—3:28- straight ahead American blues style in English with African commentary

9—What Is the Color of Love –3:58—slower ballad sung in English with African commentary over it

10—Mo Ba –3:51—West African rhythm, slow and circular with bilingual lyrics

*11- Griot Blues –4:38-- inspiring story of how this CD was made

12—Kalimba #12--:52 – bonus outro track

Track Listing
1. Shake 'em Up Charlie   7. Djeli/Griot/Storyteller
2. Mali To Mississippi   8. Drunk As A Skunk
3. Nalu/Mother   9. What Is The Color Of Love
4. Donke/Dance   10. Mo Ba
5. Demisenu/Children   11. Griot Blues
6. The Blues Went To Africa   12. Kalimba