Papa Ladji Camara, drums & vocals. Salieu Suso, kora & vocals. Tom Rossi, clarinet, & others.
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An internationally acknowledged master of the Djembe drum, Papa Ladji Camara helped establish West African music as a powerful cultural force worldwide. This studio recording was taped live during a momentous, marathon session in New York that lasted all night. Highlights include a kora duet with the great Mandinka griot Salieu Suso; the intricate balaphon stylings of Abdoulaye Epizo Bangoura; a moving and delicate duet improvisation with American clarinetist Tom Rossi; and the arresting female backup vocals of Malinese singers N'Mah Bangoura and Aiba Bangoura.
"Papa Ladji is an international leader of the Malinke musical legacy, preserving and passing on the traditions taught to him in his childhood, and his music brims with the glory of existence and its lifelong lessons-to-be-learned. He drives home the words of his forefathers and mothers through masterful balaphon and djembe drumming and … graceful duets with acclaimed kora player Suso."—Daily Californian