This group was specially formed to record Singa, the international debut of Idrissa Magassa (b. 15 August 1952, Kougel, Senegal; vocals, ex-Super Djata Band). The recording sessions for the album took place in Senegal, UK, France and Netherlands. The musicians involved included Zoumana Diarra (b. 1960, Tominian, Mali; guitar) and Abdramane ‘Djigui’ Fall (b. 29 July 1959, Bamako, Mali; percussion/producer, ex-Super Djata Band). Released in 1996, Singa also featured saxophone, trumpet, balafon and keyboards. It was refreshingly low-key and traditional-sounding compared to many of the hi-tec recordings made by West African musicians based in Europe. Magassa, Diarra and Fall also play with Benkadi International.
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