Moolobali Traore


Side A


Side B

A good friend let me borrow some tapes. This is my favorite of the bunch so far. From Mali. This is all very amateur-sounding in a way (rough guitar, rough production quality), but we love it all the same.

The song “Labankassi” appears on this Karamoko Keita tape as well, which will be posted in its entirety shortly. Not sure which version came first or if it’s a traditional tune or what. If you know, feel free to clue us in.


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

November 3, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Love the raw stuff! You can just about hear the shape of the room they are playing in. The link to the last file, “Djagneba” doen’t seem to work.

November 5, 2007 at 3:03 am

djagneba loaded fine for me, and it’s as cool as the rest of this stuff. i really love it. keep up the good work!

November 5, 2007 at 8:55 pm

really great !

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November 8, 2007 at 9:06 am

Muy bueno!!!!

Saludos desde Madrid and thank you so much for this great blog. I follow it day by day.

November 8, 2007 at 11:39 am

Nice, nice stuff again! Funny to hear the sound of a mobile phone going off in someone’s pocket during the 3rd song, at about 1:10, and then again (probably the received voice mail) at 1:35 :D. This is modern tradition!
Thanks for all your efforts and love for the music!

November 11, 2007 at 12:06 am

it’s fantastic! Thank you.

November 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

‘Traditional, Loud’: subtle means of identification on the cassette cover! I spent a few minutes wondering where I’d heard that acoustic before, then it came to me: an empty school classroom, while doing detention, banging desks with a ruler or pencils for percussion. But who sneaked a guitar in to detention?! Fascinating, wonderful, utterly mad! Thank you!!

July 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Is that Ali Farka Toure playing with her?

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