Koite, Habib & Bamada / Afriki
Album: Afriki   Collection:World
Artist:Koite, Habib & Bamada   Added:Oct 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2007-10-28 Pull Date: 2007-12-30 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 30 Dec 16 Dec 9 Dec 2 Nov 25 Nov 18 Nov 11 Nov 4
Airplays: 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 16, 2012: No Longer at Ease
4. Jul 01, 2009: A Bit of Everything
2. Feb 13, 2012: Afro Beats
5. Aug 16, 2008: New World Disorder
3. Aug 25, 2009: At the Cafe Bohemian
6. Aug 09, 2008: New World Disorder

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2007-10-29
Habib Koite & Bamada – Afriki
Reviewed by Sadie O., 10/22/07
Beautiful Malian singing and finger picking, enhanced by indigenous instruments, notably talking drum. In Bambara (Malian language). The word that keeps occurring to me is “sweet” – pretty and loving and mellow…
Even if you know Bambara, I very much doubt you’ll find any FCCs.
I like 10 best, but it’s all lovely.
1. **gorgeous finger-picked guitars, sweet and mellow love song. Song builds quite a bit, but stays mellow and lovely. Female chorus.
2. *more sweet and lovely guitar, complex but subdued percussion.
3. **pretty and mellow, but with strength. Horn section features Pee Wee Ellis. Fine message of African pride and self-sufficiency. Terrific bit of talking drum.
4. ***midtempo, very swingy groove with thumb piano and cool harmonica, more fine talking drum. Simple love song.
5. ***bouncing midtempo Reggae African style, song of love to his mother. Whistling solo!
6. *midtempo and mellow love song to Mali, harmonica solo. Male chorus.
7. ***swingy, loping groove with traditional violin. Another song of indigenous self-sufficiency.
8. *very mellow and sweet with a bit of orchestrated string, vocal harmonies and female chorus. Very lush, about friendship. The talking drum really shines here.
9. ***very traditional sound, with antelope horns and hand drums. Interesting lyrics, about a man telling marriage brokers not to try to set his daughter up with a worthless man.
10. ****uptempo and not so mellow, nice vocal harmonies, loping beat, and lots of traditional instrumentation. About not spoiling children. Heh! Kids do chorus.
11. *solo guitar. Mellow and beautiful, of course!

Track Listing
1. Namania   6. Mali Ba
2. N'tesse   7. Barra
3. Africa   8. N'teri
4. Fimani   9. Nta Dima
5. N'ba   10. Massake
  11. Titati