Ousmane Sacko

In Concert

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Composer/singer/guitarist/balafonist Sacko and his wife Diabate are famous in Mali and much less known outside -- a good combination. He comes from a major griot family from Kayes, and he and Diabate also perform in the Bambara tradition. This 1983 concert, only his second appearance outside Africa, is a neo-traditional classic, and the notes (by Lucy Duran of Britain's National Sound Archive) are unusually good, even for Ocora.