Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Boubacar Traoré

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Boubacar Traoré

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Dounia Tabolo

(Lusafrica Records)

Mali meets Louisiana in collaboration

In a career spanning half a century, 75-yearold guitarist Boubacar Traoré has threaded a snaking line between the pentatonic folk melodies of his native Mali and the emotive playing of Malian music's younger cousin, American blues. With Dounia Tabolo, a collaboration with musicians from the American South, Traoré accentuates the connections between Mali and the Mississippi Delta, while keeping the character of each culture and its music intact. Many of the songs here build on dense, sinuous grooves, where Vincent Bucher's locomotivewail harmonica, Cedric Watson's skirling Cajun fiddle, Leyla McCalla's earthy cello, Alassane Samaké's flinty calabash, and second guitarist Corey Harris' slurring bent notes conjoin and coalesce. The pendulum pulse of Traoré's guitar anchors these disparate streams, pulling the listener along on a hypnotic odyssey. …

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