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Foly! Live Around the World

"Habib Koité is one of the most popular musicians from Mali (and growing more so with each year), though he's not that well-known in the United States. The two-disc set Fo—ly! presents as good an introduction as any, especially since it's fully live in every sense of the word. The subtitle here is a bit misleading, since the tracks originate strictly from European performances in 2001 and 2002, but no matter.

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"He's joined here by his long-standing group, known as Bamada: five other like-minded musicians who emphasize both rhythm (three percussion instruments) and strings (guitars, n'goni, and violin) in addition, of course, to vocals."--Nils Jacobson, allaboutjazz.com

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