In Griot Time, String Music From Mali

by Various Artists

In Griot Time: String Music from Mali (Stern's Africa) is the companion CD to Banning Eyre's book, In Griot Time: An American Guitarist in Mali. The CD blends Eyre's own recordings from Bamako with exceptional studio work by Mali's top artists, including Salif Keita, Ali Farka Touré, Oumou Sangaré, Toumani Diabaté, Habib Koité, and the Super Rail Band. The CD's nineteen selections---over 75 minutes of music---include eleven previously unreleased tracks. This is Mali as you've never heard it before, a musical portrait of Bamako with its grandiose griots recounting the glories of the past, and its funky, soulful singers and string players pounding out the blues of the moment.