Mali, 1992, Mande music

Boubacar TraoréKar Kar: This isn’t guitar work; this is witchcraft. It’s evocation, all written, clawhammer picked, and mournfully sung by Traoré. American Primitivism wearies me, but Mande guitar music captivates me. Anything troubling you today? Well, put this album on, focus on that trouble, and fall into a trance.

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