Been wanting to post this for ages. I love these often epic masterpieces of Mandinka electric funk. It reminds of Steve Coleman records from the eighties (in a good way). Although Kante Manfila is slightly less well known than some of his peers (Mory Kante, Salif Keita, etc), a couple of these songs are surely classics to someone somewhere. Dude can fucking sing.
I feel like most late-night bus rides through the Malian bush (for me at least) have notably featured tapes like this blasting through the less-than-roadworthy vehicle’s tinny speakers. When the bus breaks down for the third time in as many hours in the middle of nowhere, you may still get to enjoy the jams if the driver’s mate has a ghettoblaster.