Yasimika by Djeli Moussa Diawara published on 2010-10-01T21:00:51Z I recorded this album in 1982 in Abidjan. I was 20 yo and it was my first release. Today, I'm proud to share with you the remastered versions of these famous tracks. Check the whole story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasimika "[...] Two koras, a balafon, and a splendid female chorus backing Jawara's lead make for a deserved best-seller among Africans in France. This is contemporary-traditional Mandingo music, purely and wonderfully performed and admirably recorded." - John Storm Roberts, All Music Guide "[...] I swear the emotion is higher here, the weave a quantum more intense. And of such quanta are world-music classics made. [...] Yet once again his confident interweave and powerfully West African (Guinéan?) vocal feel (technique?) overwhelm secular skepticism. Right, this kind of Beauty is an ideological construct. Don't we all deserve a vacation once in a while?" - Robert Christgau, www.robertchristgau.com - Dean of American Rock Critics "I'm not sure when I first heard the sound of a kora, but I do remember that everything changed in 1983 when I brought home an album by Djeli Moussa Diawara I found at Sterns African records Centre [...]. Only four songs, all of them long, and I played this entrancing thing over and over, marvelling at the mixture of kora and guitar, the soaring voice of Moussa and the dreamy answering chorus of women. The endless circles of sound from the balaphon were hypnotising. I played all four songs on Capital Radio, and found that listeners were as enchanted as I was. " - Charlie Gillett, www.charliegillett.com - The sound of the world (Dec 01, 2006) " [...] at the moment the album is scandalously unavailable. [...] " —Charlie Gillett, World of Music (01/2009) Unfortunately, Charlie will not be able to listen to this remastered version. RIP.