National Badema Du Mali – Nama

Here is a great tape complete with bonus mystery feedback-y noise that briefly descends on the mix halfway through the first song. It’s not supposed to be there but it sounds scary and awesome.

Awesome Tapes from Africa late night dance party vibes this Wednesday, October 22 at Glasslands in Williamsburg as part of’s CMJ happening (aka lots of new and interesting bands we haven’t heard yet will be playing…click to rsvp).


Side A


Side B
Fongana Kuma


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October 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

the vinyl has that noise as well.

At the back of the cover you find the tragedy of Nama:

Short Translation:


History, lived the 22nd of septembre 1971.
The motorised pirogue, conducted by Nama sunk, when passing the river Djoliba.

14 victims died, 13 of them were girls, engaged to be married, and Nama, the only son of his mother.

The victims went to Kangala, for celebrating the 11. birthday of Mali’s independency…

Knowing the tragedy, I hear rather the pirogue’s engine than a feedback-y noise.”

Lord Strangerreply
October 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Great tunes, thanks.
Apparently the mystery noise is supposed to be there – In a comment on his blog WrldServ said,
“Badema have always put in effects in their tracks, e.g. the motorboat sound in ‘Nama’ (which is about a tragic and historic shipwreck on the river Niger). “

October 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Thanks, Lord Stranger
for the confirmation –
I wasn’t aware of WrldServ’s comment, but just made that interpretation.

When relistening, you even can hear the “sound” of bubbling water – made with the guitar (??) as well.


October 19, 2010 at 11:14 pm

This is very dark and mysterious

October 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

wow, i just noticed i provided the wrong date on the party, which was last night, oct 20. my bad.

October 26, 2010 at 2:34 am

mysteriously cool songs you mean “marketing”?

October 26, 2010 at 7:38 pm

yeah, I can only second that these strange sounds are meant to mimic the noise of the engine of the sinking boat slowly descending in the water.

When I first listened to the record, at first I also thought that this “noise” wasn’t supposed to be there. A friend who understands the lyrics told me otherwise and the re-issue (I think from the 1980s) of this LP even mentions the tragic boat accident on the back cover.

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