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Belle Epoque, Vol. 1
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  • Super Rail Band: Mory Kant‚ (vocals, balafon); Magan Ganessy, Salif Keita (vocals); Moussa Kone (trumpet); Alfred Coulibaly (keyboards); Pacheco (drums).
  • Personnel: Damory Kouyat‚, S‚kou Kouyat‚, Sekou Kant‚ (vocals); Djelimady Tounkara (guitar); Kabin‚ Keita (saxophone); Moussa Traore (percussion).
  • Recording information: 1970-1983.
  • Mali's legendary Rail Band, so named because they were initially sponsored by one of Mali's largest railroad lines, were one of the finest West African pop combos of the 1970s. Unlike their peers in countries like Nigeria and Ghana, the Rail Band eschewed the frenetic rhythms of American soul and funk to concentrate on pioneering an electrified version of traditional Malian manding music. Their sound is dominated by the relaxed, tremolo-laden guitar work of Djelimady Tounkara, who embarks on masterful guitar excursions over the flawless grooves of the Rail Band's gently propulsive rhythm section. This two-disc retrospective contains the entirety of The Rail Band's 1975 masterpiece, SOUNDIATA, and includes a host of other stellar Rail Band tracks from that era.
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