Salif Keita has so many great songs, but this one in particular never seizes to move me deeply. Laban is from his album M’Bemba, recorded in Mali (2004). Check out the gorgeous spatial acoustics of this recording, like its predecessor Moffou (2002) it symbolizes Keita’s glorious return to acoustic grandeur instead of the afropop approach which makes his eighties and nineties output a bit dated. Some of his albums suffer from that bleak, poppy sound, but Moffou and M’Bemba must be in everyone’s Salif Keita collection. I do hope he selects some of these songs next tuesday (June 25th, 2019), when he plays the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam (20.00 hrs). Tickets can be bought ici.

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