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'Foliba' - available now!

Master Djembe Drummer Issa Coulibaly in his long-awaited solo debut, accompanied by a superb line-up of Mali’s finest musicians, serves up his own lively and joyful takes on traditional West African songs.

'Foliba' is the long-awaited solo debut of Master Djembe Drummer Issa Coulibaly. 'Foliba' (which means 'Big Play') is a collection of lively and joyful takes on traditional West African songs. Each song, or 'foli' in Bambara, Coulibaly's native language, features Coulibaly's original arrangements for voice, flute, djembe, ballafon, djun djun and guitar.This CD features a superb supporting line-up of Mali's finest musicians, many of whom were his band mates before Coulibaly came to the US.

Subjects in this collection include: a tribute to Coulibaly's teachers, including Foussene Sissoko and Sega Cisse ('Madan Foli'); courtship rituals ('Soungurubani'); loving prayers for Coulibaly's two daughters and children everywhere ('Zankoroni'); the pitfalls of helping ungrateful people ('Didadi Foli'); and gratitude for guidance from the spirit world ('Komo Foli').

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