Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Review

by The Tolerant Traveler on January 9, 2014

Not since Ali Farka Tourè collaborated with Ry Cooder back in 1994 has there been an album to rival – or better still – to sit so seamlessly alongside their masterpiece. The album is a timely reminder that while we all may inhabit a planet that is separated by seas and lands, we are in fact much closer to one another than we might be lead to believe.

So, find yourself 15 minutes, sit back and prepare to be sent on a journey.

The album is available through Amazon.

This is what keeps me a world music listener.

What a great way to start the year.


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Toumastin’s new flavour of Tinariwen

by The Tolerant Traveler on October 8, 2012

If you followed the group Tinariwen on their epic journey from their first release (still in my opinion the most interesting, but probably the least accessible to desert blues virgins) you’ll really appreciate the way their music has evolved and managed to reach an ever growing fan-base.

Toumastin’s second album, probably hidden from view due the publicity that Tinariwen has achieved in these years, is less strong than their first. For Tinariwen fans that track that is going to get the most traction is The best track has to be “Tarhamanine Assinegh”, with its rolling groove.

There a promotional video on the rights that brings a flavour of what to expect on the album.

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Boubacar Traoré – The bluesman

5 October 2012

I went browsing last week on my favourite world music shop,, to see what I might have missed out on since my last visit (children can put months between the things we used to do on a daily basis – happily!). I noticed that I haad missed out on an album that was in […]

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Guinea: the old (part 1/2)

25 January 2012

I’ve just been listening to a track by the Bembeya Jazz National (see the video on the right). A track from the 1960s needs some context so here goes: it was following Guinean Independence in 1958 that saw Guinean pride soar to new levels and numerous bands sprang up throughout the African country. Of those […]

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Africa 50 Years of Independence 1960-2010

25 January 2012

If you didn’t buy the compilation of 2010, “Africa 50 years of Indepdence 1960-2010” you are forgiven only as long as you are ignorant of this album, and you have just lost that right by reading this post (sorry about that!). In fact I’m opening a new category just for this album because it is […]

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Cheikh Lo’s Jamm…Chill, and enjoy the groove

2 December 2011

I can’t believe I missed this one, but miss it I did, and so for some of the readers this might be old news. But as I am trying to document the best in World music, I will not be deterred from writing about one of my favourite Senagelese artists, who’s album releases are a […]

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