One “Tambourinis cocktail” and you’ll be dancin’ for sure

Keletigui et ses Tambourinis – “Tambourinis cocktail”

This joyous musical celebration was recorded in the West African nation of Guinea, by a dance band with one of the more unusual biographies you will find anywhere. Keletigui et ses Tambourinis was funded by the newly established state, after Guinea won independence from France.  The group’s blend of Cuban rhythms, American jazz, and traditional African musics, under the direction of band leader Keletigui Traoré, gained widespread popularity and continues to echo as a major influence on African popular music today. Traoré died in 2008, but the music he and his band recorded has been re-released digitally for us to enjoy. Really nice stuff.

Keletigui et ses Tambourinis
“Tambourinis cocktail” (mp3)
from “The Syliphone Years”
(Sterns)

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