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I Speak Fula

Bassekou Kouyate

I Speak Fula

The celebrated Malian ngoni player and singer, with his quartet, on an album of African blues / rock

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  1. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    A barrage of plucking and strumming with an amazing range of textures.
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  2. 10.0 |   Uncut

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  3. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    It remains a humbling experience to listen to music as striking and brilliantly executed as this, African rock music leaving its Western equivalents often standing still with its sheer energy, commitment and verve.
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  4. 8.0 |   Eye Weekly

    If African music goes back out of fashion because Vampire Weekend get into polka or something, at least the vogue will have benefited richly invigorating records like this one
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  6. 8.0 |   Observer Music Monthly

    ...sequel to the haunting Segu Blue fizzes with energy
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  7. 8.0 |   The List

    Kouyate charges the sound with the energy of live performance and shows just why his band is among the most celebrated in world music circles at the moment.
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  8. 8.0 |   The Observer's an impressive affair, alternately joyous and stately, and the very essence of modern African music
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There's no comparison between these delicately interwoven lines and the tortuous knotting of most rock guitar riffs
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  10. 8.0 |   BBC

    There’s never any doubt from the tone and delivery that this is essentially party music
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  11. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Technically, it’s brilliant. Kouyate and his backing band Ngoni Ba play the ngoni or spike lute, a stringed instrument from which the banjo is said to derive
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