Thursday, January 14, 2010

Issa Bagayogo. Le Maître of kamele n'goni from Mali.

I can only regret that I've discovered the Bagayogo's music so late. Better late than never.
My dear readers listen to the music of West Africa. A true delicacy.

The world's heard about Issa thanks to Six Degrees Records label based in San Francisco.
How many musicians from West Africa are yet to discover ?

Bagayogo worked as a minibus driver in the Malian capital Bamako for years.In 90's he recorded some cassettes, but his music remained undervalued. He had to work as a driver until the establishment of cooperation with the Americans.

His full discography:

Sya (1999) Six Degrees Records
Timbuktu (2002) Six Degrees Records
Tassoumakan (2004) Six Degrees Records
Mali Koura (2008) Six Degrees Records