Habib Koité’s sophisticated arrangements draw from various local traditions of his native Mali as well as from Afro-Cuban, jazz, classical, and rock music. This CD’s 18 fluid and rippling tracks were culled from performances throughout Koité’s recent tours of Europe, and feature the most popular hits from his three studio albums, many with expanded treatments.
“There’s nothing watered down about his multilayered songs and dynamic jam sessions. The fact that they bring in so much history and culture so naturally marks an evolution in Africa’s fast-changing pop music…. Bamada is an amazingly polished and versatile band. Only years of playing together can produce this kind of chemistry.”—NPR’s All Things Considered
“A major Afro-pop star, someone who can hold his own on-stage with anyone in the world.”—All Music Guide