l’Ensemble Instrumental National du Mali

Side A:”1ere Partie (First Part)” and “2eme Partie (Second Part)” from l’Ensemble Instrumental du Mali

There are not many clues as to the origin of this Bamako street market pirated tape. No telling what year it was made. From the looks of the photo, we’re talking a while ago, I think.

The song names on both sides are the same, though the music is completely different. Maybe I’ll throw Side B up here eventually.

Other than that, I’ll let the music and cassette cover speak for themselves. This is real.

UPDATE: A couple folks have let me know about this site, where you’ll find a bunch of info on West African music . It’s a mini-revelation, in fact. Look out for the implausibly thorough Malian vinyl discographies.


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May 5, 2006 at 4:18 am

Nice Blog:)

May 5, 2006 at 7:46 pm

i agree, these otherwordly tunes all sound great,thanks for sharing, as they say in “private eye” keep up the good work

May 6, 2006 at 4:51 am

thanks for the positive response…

November 17, 2009 at 10:47 am

Is posible reupload?

Thank you.

August 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

is a repost possible?
it sounds great, i grabbed the other cassette

Brian Shimkovitzreply
August 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

hmm, i think this one is available for purchase. it’s incredible though. if i find it (since most of my tapes are now in storage in nyc, while i am living in berlin) i will strongly consider putting in the stack to post!

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