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habib koite & eric bibb

brothers in bamako

contre jour


Released: 17th Sep 2012


What could be more natural than for this Malian & African-American to join the rhythms of their guitars & voices in some transatlantic blues? Two popular singers, two singers rooted in an ancient tradition & everything it infers: knowledge, a unique musical repertoire & a way of using song to pass a social message.

Both have humbly acquired a sense for song that permeates society & Each finds something familiar in the song of the other. Habib is the heir to an ancestral knowledge set to song that places him among the most influential voices of contemporary Africa. Eric has established his name in the new generation of bluesmen without renouncing the legacy of folk & gospel.

brothers in bamako


  1. On my way to Bamako
  2. L.A.
  3. Touma Ni Kelen - Needed Time
  4. Tombouctou
  5. We don’t care
  6. Send us brighter days
  7. Nani Le
  8. Khafole
  9. With my maker I am one
  10. Foro Bana
  11. Mami Wata
  12. Blowin’ in the wind
  13. Goin’ down the road feelin’ bad