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Rail Band

Formed in 1970 and funded by Mali's Ministry of Information, the Rail Band was the top big band in the country for quite a long time. They were (and still are) the house band at the Buffet de La Gare in Bamako, taking traditional instruments and music and tailoring them for a modern, urban pop audience. The band became a training ground for Mali's top musicians, and many future stars passed through its ranks, such as Salif Keita and Mory Kante. It was one of the few big bands to survive the recession of the 1980s, thanks to government aid, an international reputation, and the public's regard for it as a cultural institution. Interest in the band surged after Keita and Kante's international breakthroughs, further ensuring its survival and success. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 3 Dioba

Disc 1

1. Bedianomogo

2. Sinsimba

3. Kadia Kandian

4. Wale Numa Lombaliya

5. Diby

6. Maki

7. Djamban

8. Mady Guindo

9. Den Nadiya

Disc 2

1. Kibaru

2. Mariba Yassa

3. Dioba

4. Tidiane Kone

5. Diabate

6. Foliba

7. Soyomba

8. Karitea

9. Jurukan

10. Talassa

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Track List: 2 Mansa

Disc 1

1. Rail Band

2. Mansa

3. Finza

4. Demba

5. Kankoun

6. Konowale

7. Balakononifing

8. Dugu Kamaleba

9. Mamobo

Disc 2

1. Koro Koni

2. Kaira

3. Tie Diuguya

4. Dioula

5. Tiramakan

6. Lanseny

7. Gnagna

8. Mamadou Boutiqui

9. Gansana

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Track List: African Classics

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Track List: 1 Soundiata

Disc 1

1. L'exil

2. Maliyo

3. Sunjata

4. Armee Mali

Disc 2

1. Duga (Bambara Version)

2. Mali Cebalenw

3. Armee Malienne

4. Fankante Dankele

5. Armee Mali

6. Soundjata (New Version)

7. Mali Tebaga Mogoma

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Mandekalou j adore cette music sa vas droit au vœu et me fait panser à mon grand-père et grand-mère
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Djelimady Tounkara is a living legend and a guitar master!
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Yeah, it's very beautiful. There is a deep sincerity here that really moves the soul. I would like to hope that maybe someday these brothers might get a chance to read some of the things that people like us are saying about them. Insha'llah.
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The guitar intro on "Wale Numa Lombaliya" is absolutely stunning. Its got pure sunshine up in there. Its the authentic real deal that inspired so many American artist (David Byrne, Paul Simon, Sim Redmond Band, etc.). Much Respect!

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