Various Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974 to 1979

Various Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974 to 1979
The Analog Africa label commemorates its tenth release by showcasing vintage nuggets from the least known of Africa's musical territories: the landlocked country Burkina Faso. It's raw indeed, but dismiss this collection as musically unsophisticated at your own risk. The sounds captured herein fuse Afro-funk, Islamic and Afro-Latin rhythms brought over by visiting Cuban musicians with some intriguing psychedelic touches. Mamo Lagbema's self-explanatory party starter, "Love Music and Dance," sounds like the Crown Heights Affair might have after a night of angel dust smoking, with its off-key chorus and loose, lo-fi production, which illustrates the influence that African-American musicians had back on the motherland. The party doesn't continue though. The haunting, gloomily beautiful Afro-Cuban grooves of "Renouveau" and "Sali" make for the two most distinctive cuts on the set, conjuring up a mood of displacement that's reflective of the political instability that marked this music's era. (Analog Africa)