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ARTIST
TITLE
Singa
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STCD 1072CD STCD 1072CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
6/24/2016

1996 release. Singa is a unique album, the only album by Kaira Ben, an assemblage of distinguished Mandé musicians from three West African countries. Singer Idrissa Magassaand guitarist Zoumana Diarra share career history in two of Mali's greatest bands, Super Djata and Super Rail Band. Saxophonist Tidiane Koné was the Rail Band's first director. Bala-xylophonist Keletigui Diabaté was in Les Ambassadeurs and continued working with Salif Keita as well as with Habib Koité and Bonnie Raitt until his death in 2012. And Cheick Tidiane Seck has played keyboards with artists as diverse as Fela Kuti and Damon Albarn, Youssou N'Dour and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The album these pros made together is an excellent exemplar of modern Mandé music.