A Little Bit of Sunshine

Mali has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons. The internal conflict is tearing the country apart, with approximately half a million people displaced according to the latest United Nations estimates. With elections set for a couple of months times hopefully relative stability will be restored or at least an end to fighting and reported human rights abuses, but things do not look great.

In these troubled times it is important to focus on what makes Mali great; namely the music, which is some of the best in the world. Today’s selection is a slice of Malian disco from the early 1980’s by the International Soleil Band. The great guitarist Sarati Diabaté “dit Vieux” is credited as being the band leader and the organ is played by Ivory Coast musician Houon Pierre, who also produced and was responsible for the sound engineering on several Badmos releases.

Houon Pierre

His organ solo on today’s track Ta Lassa, is spiritual, and I urge you all to get to your knees if you can stop dancing! Diabaté’s beautiful guitar is just incredible and with the deep vocals the song explodes, not letting go, sending waves of shivers down the spine.

Help me God!

Ta Lassa

Record Details:
International Soleil Band – International Soleil Band (1983) – West Africa Music (WAM) (793.016)
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5 thoughts on “A Little Bit of Sunshine

      • hey matt can you send me a rip? i want to play this out I dj this type of music..also trying to find the pierre family. I won a reissue label that would be keen to reissue this one.. messaged you on soundcloud

      • Unfortunately I cannot provide a high quality rip at the moment. I am in the process of moving so all my records are currently in storage, this is one of the reasons the blog has not been updated for a while. As soon as I get myself sorted I will contact you.

        In the meantime the low quality mp3 rip is here (record could do with a good clean!):

        https://kiwi6.com/file/atu3898qb1

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