Album: Alex Wilson, Mali Latino (Alex Wilson Records)
Sunday 17 October 2010
Crossing Afro-Cuban and west African styles has become a familiar format but pianist Wilson's project with Mali's Madou Sidiki Diabaté (brother to Toumani) on kora and multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Fofana leaves over-respectful worthiness behind in favour of joyful grooves.
The opening "Donkan" sets skittering kora alongside fat horn stabs, while "Sangre Mandinga" – the best track by some distance – absolutely nails the barrio-meets-African village feel. Look out for live dates next month.
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