Issa Coulibaly

Issa Coulibaly dit Trih Issa

Please make way for Mr. Issa Coulibaly (and his cohort a.k.a Trih Issa). This cassettes plays like a personal communication from one established Guinean griot to another, soul-drenched kora and balafon and vocals to the hilt, something we’ve kind of heard before here but nothing quite like this. Traditional instrument parking only today. All others will be crushed.

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February 21, 2012 at 2:55 am

Awesome find. As always. Quick note – “dit” means “aka” like i would put “erich dit soungalo” (meaning “erich, but my nickname is soungalo”).


Brian Shimkovitzreply
February 21, 2012 at 2:57 am

Ah yes, thanks for the tip! i adjusted the post per your edit. appreciate it.

Count Reeshardreply
February 21, 2012 at 5:19 am

Much enjoyed your set @ Hyperion Tavern, felt lucky to catch you while passing thru L.A..

February 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thanks for that one, Brian!

I might be wrong, but I didn’t hear the kora, nor I think Issa Coulibaly is a guinean griot, but rather a Malian from the Sikasso-Koutiala-region…

Have a look at Lamissa Bengaly.

kind regards

February 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

3 fantastic posts in a row! (Well, dozens & dozens really, but the last 3 especially special!) Thanks for these – warm African vocals much appreciated in cold England

March 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I could be wrong, but I if this is the same Issa. I believe he is from Mali. He still performs and currently lives in Rhode Island.

March 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

reminds me of those old moolobali keita tapes that were making the rounds a few years ago. i like!!! very nice…

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