Mamani Keita – Yelama
There is something enchanting about world music. Perhaps it is the alien sounds, something different to the 4×4 dance infiltrating every spectrum of modern life; from phone adverts to football stadiums, you cannot escape. But wait, you really can.
NØ FØRMAT is a French label headed by Laurent Bizot. Started to give artists a chance to release their albums the way they want, it is one of the most exciting and innovative labels in France.
Mamani Keita, born in Bamako, Mali, arrived in France in her 20’s to the elation of the African community, knowing of her fine reputation in Mali they proceeded to integrate her into the African Jazz scene. Yelama, which means ‘change’, is an adventurous, energetic modern album, mixing African rhythms with electronic instruments.
A fresh outlook on music is one always welcomed; Mamani Keita provides exactly that, innovative and fresh this is definitely worth your time. Although, admittedly we are very late with this one, the album was released in 2006; this is a hidden gem. Get on their soundcloud and support independent music, fuck 4×4.