Monday, October 15, 2007

Oumou Sangare- Nawo Nawo

No more.

Roy Hargrove, Charlie Louvin and Drowning Pool need to step aside. My new show of the year is Friday night's performance by Dee Dee Bridgewater and her group of jazz and traditional African musicians. I praise the show to the rafters in my review. Bridgewater is touring in support of the Malian-inspired Red Earth. It features Mali's star vocalist and songwriter Oumou Sangare. This song is from Sangare's 1993 recording Ko Sira. Bridgewater's new sound is more "Western" than Sangare's, but her performance still featured extended solos for the traditional instruments heard here. This rough fan footage from Europe more closely reflects Friday's concert than the polished footage available from her record label. Sangare joins Alicia Keys on "Fallin'" here, while this brief documentary clip offers insights into Sangare's connection to Malian culture.

I don't have Vic Chesnutt's latest release yet, but my latest song obsession is "Band Camp" from 2003.

Kansas City Click: Saxophonist Eric Person is at the Blue Room tonight.

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