Case has some scratches. CD has one small scratch that does not affect playback. There is a "for promotional use only" sticker on the CD.
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Artist: Salif Keita
Release Year: 1999
Record Label: Blue Note (Label)
Genre: International, Mali
1. Bolon - (African Languages)
2. Mama - (African Languages)
3. Ananamin (It's Been So Long) - (African Languages)
4. Sada - (African Languages)
5. Tolon Willie (The Party Is On) - (African Languages)
6. Tomorrow (Sadio) - (African Languages)
7. French) Abd - (African Languages
8. Papa - (African Languages)
9. Together (Gnokon Fe) - (African Languages)
Playing Time: 51 min.
Contributing Artists: Grace Jones, Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Toumani Diabate
Producer: Salif Keita, Vernon Reid, Eric Bono, Souleymanne Doumbia
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: n/a
Personnel: Salif Keita (vocals, guitar); Ousmane Kouyate (guitar); Monica Wilson (cello); Toumani Diabate (cora); John Medeski (organ); Jean-Philippe Rykiel (keyboards); Henry Schroy (bass); Curtis Watts, Ben Perowski (drums); Keletigui Diabate (balafon); Mohamed Kouyate (talking drum); Souleymane Doumbia, Sydney Thiam (percussion); Adama Coulibaly (m'simby); Eric Bono (programming); Isabel Gonzalez, P. Kameni-Kanga, Natalie Jackson, Bemshi Shearer Jones, Johnny Kemp Jr., M, Djene Doumbouya, Djenka Diabate, Isabel Gonzalez (background vocals); Grace Jones, Vernon Reid.Engineers include: Scott Harding, Philippe Brun, Timour Cardenas.Recorded at WANDA Studios, Bamako, Mali in June 1997; TMF Studios, New York, New York in December 1997; LATITUDE 101, Paris, France in September 1998.PAPA was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best World Music Album.Personnel: Salif Keita (guitar); Ousmane Kouyate (guitar); Monica Wilson (cello); John Medeski (organ); Jean-Philippe Rykiel (keyboards); Kltigui Diabat (balafon); Curtis Watts, Ben Perowsky (drums); Souleymanne Doumbia, Sydney Thiam (percussion); Eric Bono (programming); Djanka Diabate, Natalie Jackson, Djene Doumbouya (background vocals).Audio Mixers: Timour Cardenas; Scott Harding.Recording information: Studios Latitude 101, Paris, France (06/1997-09/1998); TMF Studios, New York, NY (06/1997-09/1998); Wanda Studios, Bamako, Mali (06/1997-09/1998).Photographer: Lucille Reyboz.Unknown Contributor Roles: Adama Coulibaly; Grace Jones.Arranger: Eric Bono.Salif Keita is known in world music circles as "the voice of Mali," as he's a star in that African country and its most well-known musical export. Mali is a cultural melting pot, where North African folk sounds meld with Arabic, French, Spanish/Cuban, and Anglo-American folk and pop sounds. Keita takes these influences and molds them into his own emotion-laden style, his smooth voice attaining gospel-tinged levels of passion.PAPA, co-produced by ex-Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid, is his most accessible album, yet compellingly maintains the African elements at the music's core. Reid (along with special guest Grace Jones) provides a full-sounding, vibrant, pop-flavored context in which Keita can shine. "Ananamin (It's Been So Long)" is an evocative, sultry, R&B-tinged love ballad (think Sade) that shimmers like a swimming pool on a hot summer day. The loping, pensive "Sada" continues the groove, but with the haunting refrain of a country-tinged guitar motif. "Abede" is lush with the dancing, sparkling guitars of Central and West African pop (think King Sunny Ade), bubbling percussion, and rich choral singing, with Keita's mighty voice testifying over it all. The music here is a virtually perfect fusion of different styles of traditional African and cosmopolitan pop music.