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Bwazan have released three albums in all.  Each album features music rooted in the Bwaba musical heritage, the griot, and more broadly, the musical heritage of Mali and broader Manding region.


 

‘Denbagnuma’

Online release: October, 2017
BOGOLON STUDIOS, Bamako, Mali
Distributor: Ditto Music, Australia
Genre: World (Mali, West Africa)

Denbagnuma means ‘the nurturing mother’ in the Bwaba language. This album is dedicated to all mothers around the world, in acknowledgment of the love and care they provide to their children and the children of others.

This album is distributed by Ditto Music and is available on iTunes and most other leading online stores. Two tracks from this album, Yan Kanho and Foli, can be streamed for free on Bwazan’s Soundcloud page, see below.

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Listen to sample tracks, Yan Kanho and Foli

 

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‘Badenya Foli’


SAMBA LOLO Recording Productions, Boston, USA 
Release Date: 2011
Genre: World: African – West

“This is a rare and spectacular performance of young talent found in West African Music today. It features djembe and balafon roots and traditions. Organically produced, recorded live in Bamako, Mali.”
– Mateja Milijacki (Samba Lolo Recording Productions)

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‘Djembekan’

SAMBA LOLO Recording Productions, Boston, USA 
Recorded live in Bamako Coura market in Mali
Release date: 2008
Genre: World: African – West

“Komi Jose Buanzan (Komi Jose family), is performed in recognition of the Komi Jose troupe originally formed in Bamako.

Bassidi Koné leads an orchestra of percussionist supported by sweet melodies of balafons and a dozen young voices. The instrumentation is in the Bobo and Bamanan traditions. Doundoun drums provide the base of rhythms that swirl with djembe and balafon songs that originate in villages of Mali. These rhythms are passed from old masters to the new generation, thereby keeping traditional beats in tact as they go through modern interpretations.

In this release, Bassidi does not shy away from speed and virtuosity which characterizes Bamako’s performance troupes and dances, but he also finds a way to integrate and innovate on tradition as it encounters the urban temptations from the city of Bamako.


This is a rare opportunity to hear Bobo balafon and djembe recorded with their natural sound and within their natural setting. This music is a trip of its own and a knowledge base for any West African music aficionado.”

– Mateja Milijacki (Samba Lolo Recording Productions)

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