The debut album from Malian singer, guitarist, composer, and protégé of the late Ali Farka Touré. Recorded at the same sessions that produced Touré’s album Niafunké and featuring the legendary guitarist on two songs.
Afel Bocoum, Malian singer and guitarist, follows in the footsteps of legendary musician Ali Farka Touré. Fellow musicians and farmers, both live in the desert town of Niafunké on the Niger River bend, and both have a deep attachment to their native Sonrai cultural traditions. Bocoum was a member of Touré’s group ASCO for more than 30 years, since the age of 13, and his mesmeric vocals and arrangements will be familiar from his collaborations with Touré on the acclaimed album The Source, for example in the songs "Inshanah Macina" and "Dofana."
A. Wolfen in Jazzthetik 10 / 99: "Seine Musik ist Land-
schaft gewordener Ton, gleichbleibend, von hypnotischer
Schönheit. Archaisch. Bocoum spielt Gitarre, leichte
Perkussion und sanfte Frauengesänge treten hinzu. Mit
Bocoum, sagt Toure, habe er keine Angst um die Zukunft