La grande Vedette Malienne Kandja Kouyaté et l’Ensemble Instrumental du Mali

This cassette is perfect in almost every way. It makes me want to drop acid and burn incense or something, it’s so smokey and dark and surreal. Like late Coltrane.

The distortion here and there on the second side is the bummer (it’s the recording and/or tape, not computer fuzz).

Buy some of her music here.


Side A


Side B


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

August 13, 2007 at 1:13 am

Classic stuff from 1983 I believe.

Mr Blisterreply
August 13, 2007 at 8:57 pm

Fantastically hypnotic brilliance…thank you

August 14, 2007 at 4:08 pm

I bought this tape in Bamako in 1986. This is one of the tapes that turned me into a stark raving Malian music fanatic. Great post– thanks for bringing back the memeories.

August 14, 2007 at 6:48 pm

great stuff! i’m so psyched to find you. wayne (http://wayneandwax.com/) hipped me to your blog last night, and i’m glad to find it for many reasons. i’m way deep into mali music, so am loving the tapes, and having fun learning more about different places. i am also wondering what to do with my collection of tapes, how to convert them, so if you wanna share your method, please do.
thanks again.

August 14, 2007 at 10:02 pm

i simply play the tape on my cassette deck plugged into my mac laptop with that iMic thing, recording it in real time with that free program Audacity. pretty ghetto, no?

i love wayne and wax, one of the most thoughtful and well-researched blogs out there, imho. a true nerd in the coolest sense: http://wayneandwax.blogspot.com/

pa_bila: you were in bamako in 1986?? i think i was collecting baseball cards at that point. you were on some international next shit, for sure. big ups.

thanks for the comments everyone…

August 15, 2007 at 1:40 am

I did the Peace Corps thing in northern Cameroon during the mid 80s. I collected hundreds of awesome tapes and hundreds of crappy ones too.

I should make some posts; my tapes are just sitting in the garage.

August 15, 2007 at 2:22 am

that sounds AWESOME

August 21, 2007 at 2:56 pm

on eo fth ebest blogs around, as ever. thanks.

Richard S.reply
August 26, 2007 at 1:16 am

I go to Wayne&Wax a lot too, have been for a while. It’s a great music blog.

By the way, I love these tapes from Mali.

September 27, 2007 at 9:36 pm

Wow, what a find. Some deep melancholy in the tape’s wobbly pitch.

November 15, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Thank you so much! This is an outstanding recording — and so is your blog!!!!!!!!!

December 2, 2007 at 7:27 pm

Awesome! Is it possible to get this in downloadable format?

December 2, 2007 at 7:35 pm

yes. just right click and save or option + click with mac.

September 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

chiming in here with the redundant but necessary BIGUP.

January 14, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hi Brian,

I just realized that the sound of the tape I gave you of this album is much more better than on the one you put online.
It’s time to replace it, isn’t it ?

Thanks for advance !

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