Mah Damba


Face A
Diadia Kono

Face B
Nadlanka Fala

I just like this one a lot. Mah Damba is a pretty well known singer from Mali, but the real exciting thing here for me is the highly virtousic n’goni playing throughout. The n’goni is known by a number of names in West Africa, depending on the location and/or ethnicity of the person playing it.

There is this guy in Ghana named King Ayisoba whose skills on the koloko (as the instrument is known in Northern Ghana, a Frafra name), creative flexibility and moral character I will emphatically swear by.


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July 25, 2007 at 7:51 pm

I am digging this…

By the way, I don’t know if you ever came across this cat but….

July 25, 2007 at 8:41 pm

damn, sorry to hear such a key master of the xyophone has died. i know his son, who is also a great performer.

rob taylorreply
July 26, 2007 at 7:05 pm

been following your blog and waiting for king ayisoba to show up. that guy is amazing.

keep up the good work, eh.

July 30, 2007 at 6:10 pm

thanks rob. ayisoba is a friend, actually. one of the nicest guys i know in ghana. a real talent, someone able to collaborate with just about anyone and bring something distinct to the table.

August 3, 2007 at 4:29 am

Many thanks for pointing me to King Ayisoba – His Modern Ghanaians has got to be one of this year’s best – all styles.

btw – isn’t Mah Damba’s n’goni player her husband Mamaye Kouyaté?

August 3, 2007 at 5:25 pm

yes, i believe it is her husband. isn’t he one of the better n’goni players you’ve heard? this tape was a bit of a revelation that languished in my stacks for a while before i got to have a serious listen.

glad you’re feeling ayisoba! he was a nighttime security guard who played his kologo around the streets for change before he was discovered by the late ghanaian hiplife artist terry bonchaka (who invited him to play on his album).

August 11, 2007 at 8:00 pm

It reminds me a little of Dimi Mint Abba of Mauretania.

August 30, 2007 at 11:54 am

thanks for reminding me of dimi mint abba. lovely music for sure. been trying to find tapes from mauritania around new york… no luck so far.

September 1, 2007 at 12:21 am

This is possibly the coolest music blog ever, since this music would (probably) be nearly impossible for folks to get otherwise. Thanks!

However, I should point out that some tracks on the Mah Damba tape seem to be unavailable now–specifically: Pory, Diadia Kono, and Nadlanka Fala. Would it be possible to fix the links? Because this is great stuff. .

September 3, 2007 at 11:38 pm

These links are fixed. thanks!

September 5, 2007 at 7:48 pm


I wondered if you were still in contact with King Ayisoba and could ask him if he is seeing any income from his album being downloaded from iTunes and emusic. Just wondering from the point of view of how best to get my purchasing dollars to an artist pocket.


September 6, 2007 at 5:09 pm

i have not spoken to him in a long while it seems but i know his manager and he is a SUPER good guy, locally based, with a totally different approach to the music industry than most of his peers in ghana. therefore, i think it’s pretty safe to say that short of sending the money to ayisoba directly via western union, itunes, emusic and calabash are the best way to get him some cash money.

October 15, 2007 at 5:15 am

this is an immaculate collection I will be back to further explore…You definitely get a shout out on my blog..sometime this week…thanks alot

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January 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm

This is a pretty simple yet interesting web site about Africa and its cultural wealth.

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