Various Artists

Bush Taxi Mali: Field Recordings from Mali

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On this enchanting release from Seattle's Sublime Frequencies label, American producer Tucker Martine offers up a sonic scrapbook of field recordings from a 1998 trip he took to Mali. The West African country has always held an allure in the music world, but rarely has a collection of field recordings been stitched together in such a unique and artful way. On Bush Taxi Mali, Martine somehow manages to capture the wonder and spontaneous elation of foreign travel and adventure as he puts his veteran engineering skills to the task of making warm, accurate recordings of live performers, street people, warbling radio broadcasts, distorted wedding ceremonies, and just about any other intriguing sound he chanced upon in Mali's vivid landscape. The result is less scientific than your scholarly archivist's recording, revealing that Martine was actually a man on a real journey and not merely some anthropological bystander with a microphone. Some of most striking musical performances on the collection are from singer Jalimusa Amanita Diabaté of Mali's celebrated musical Diabaté family. Still, amid the flutes and chants, it's the sounds of real, authentic travel often recorded from the backseat of a car on a crowded street that make Bush Taxi Mali such a compelling and inspiring listen. [A bonus track, "Kaita," was added to the CD version.]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
6:12
2
0:58
3
2:47
4
6:11
5
2:39
6
1:36
7
3:27
8
6:14
9
6:55
10
1:51
11
3:14
12
4:05
13
3:58
14
4:23
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