Kante Manfila

Kante Manfila — Diniya

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.


Side 1


Side 2
Moh Kan
Coh Coco
Jere Lon


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

September 18, 2007 at 7:53 am

This is a really great tape, thanks for sharing!

There’s one small error though: N’Tesse has N’Tesse as album name instead of Diniya.

September 18, 2007 at 11:47 am

hey, thanks for catching that. i have corrected the error.

September 18, 2007 at 4:09 pm

This actually came out on CD in 1990. Also, the 3 tracks Diniya, Denko and N’tesse appear on the 1995 EMI Hemisphere CD Ni Kanu of which I see cheap used copies quite often in my neck of the woods (Berkeley). The cd sound quality is very good if anyone is looking to upgrade.

September 18, 2007 at 10:21 pm

thank you

September 19, 2007 at 12:55 am

yeah, i was going to post a link for buying it but i got impatient trying to find a place that still has it in stock.

thanks for the info.

Evan Woodwardreply
September 19, 2007 at 4:19 pm

hey man
this is evan in chicago, just wanted you to know that this blog is great and I’m grabbing it all. excellent work dude! hope to see you around some time.

September 19, 2007 at 5:51 pm

thanks evan… great to hear from you. will definitely get in touch next time i’m in chicago (thanksgiving, most likely)


September 19, 2007 at 5:59 pm

love the blog- nice job. not hearing the steve coleman vibe on this one (except maybe the production or guitar tone on a couple tracks) but am glad to see that somebody out there remembers his records! anyway, thanks for the jams and keep up the good work.

ps- the seck, dianka, dandi diarra tracks that you posted back in ’06 were crucial components in my summer soundtrack for two years in a row! thanks.

October 4, 2007 at 11:01 pm

loving the site, thanks for the tunes.

V !reply
January 20, 2009 at 1:33 am

do you have lyrics for gelena, please? i want to learn it and sing it. i simply love it! thank you for ata kak! Is there any chance to upload more of those? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

greetings from Czech Republic, Prague

March 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Wow! This is like an African take on the Pet Shop Boys. Klarrrsss!

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