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Afel Bocoum - Tabital Pulaaku

  by Maarten Schiethart

published: 13 / 8 / 2009

Afel Bocoum - Tabital Pulaaku
Label: Contre Jour
Format: CD


Suitably arid-sounding blues from West African musician and Damon Albarn protege Afel Bocoum, who comes from the desert country of Mali

Afel Bocoum is one of the many exponents from that tremendously rich music culture of West-Africa. On the ever reliable Contre-Jour label from Brussels, comes 'Tabital Pulaaku' which highlights the fiddling and bluesy licks that Afel Bocoum has become best known for, if at all because of his teaming up with Damon Albarn for comparison. Even given the absence of an outcry, a highpoint of some sort, this set of Afel Bocoum's stands the test against many. 'Sambe Sambe' is the inbetween track and combines redemption and exhaltation. Afel and his cohorts hail from 'De Mali', Mali a country that only during the past centuries became a desert. A wide horizon with an historical backdrop is revealed Afel's 'Tabital Pulaaku'. The rhythms are just immaculate, whilst the western Sahara blues perfectly suits the arid touch to this album.

Track Listing:-
1 Mali Men
2 Tapital Pulaku
3 Immigration
4 Soko Sondu
5 Sambe Sambe
6 Diadie
7 Allah Tanu
8 Fina Tawa
9 Gando
10 Hassey
11 Waaju
12 Turi Gna

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