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ARTIST
TITLE
Naked Venus/Soft Kicks
FORMAT
10"

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GB 014EP GB 014EP
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RELEASE DATE
5/27/2014

A mysterious two-song release, licensed directly from a group of Bamako musicians who, with the exception of the souku master Zoumana Tereta, choose to remain anonymous. These two Black Mango tracks are ethereal, hard-to-classify artifacts, seemingly influenced in equal parts by Ali Farka Touré and Lou Reed. In fact, the titles of the songs name-check Reed's compositions, though they are clearly not cover versions, as much as explorations on themes. Zoumana Tereta is a legend of Malian music, having played his sokou, a single-string, horse-hair violin, on albums by Oumou Sangaré, Bassekou Kouyaté, Samba Touré, the National Ensemble Instrumental du Mali, and many others.