dimanche 1 juillet 2012

Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de La Gare de Bamako

Picture artwork by my friend Faud from Les Mains Noires

Hi dear readers !

Today, I decided to make you (re)discover one of the great African Orchestra, from the Mystical country of Mali : L'Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet Hotel de la Gare de Bamako, also nicknamed Le Rail Band.

State-sponsored by the national railroad Malian Company (it explains the name of the band), Le Rail Band was the most powerful Malian orchestra, that released more than ten LP's and many 7' from the 70's to the late 80's.

The Rail Band's leader was the great Tidiani Koné, an outstanding musician who was also a griot (a kind of religious leader/ influent personality), who decided to give his chance at this time to a young albino singer, Salif Keita, that would become world famous in the future.

The track presented here, Mouo Dilo, was released on a 7' on the Nigerian division of EMI, and produced by the Nigerian government for the republic of Mali (release date unknown, 1971 I estimate)

Orchestre Rail Band - Mouo Dilo

This track, one of the first tracks of Le Rail Band  (this is maybe the first 7' of the Band !) was re-recorded a few years later in a slightly different version under the name of Moko Jolo, for the second LP of the Band out in 1973 (my favourite one), a great mixture of Funk, Griot Music, Mandingo and Bambara Folklore, narrated by Salif Keita's diamond voice.

Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet de la Gare de Bamako - Moko Jolo

To Finish, as a bonus, another track taken from this great record, Bajala Malé (also called Badialan Mallet), an hypnotic quiet ballad - enjoy !

Orchestre Rail Band du Buffet de la Gare de Bamako - Bajala Malé

This article is dedicated to people of Mali, in reaction against what is happening right now in Tombouctou (Timbuktu), the destruction of holy malian sanctuaries and ancien tombs by the "holy army of Al Qaeda"

3 commentaires:

  1. Hey Guillaume! Pas de soucis pour le artwork! Au contraire, merci! Mais pkoi tu as modifié les couleurs ?... ;)
    A vite l'ami!


  2. ahaha! Guillaume, bordel, tu ne connais pas le click droit ??? Bon, tient, voilà le lien de l'artwork original:
    Pas besoin de faire de photos de l'écran hein! Juste click droit puis Enregistrer sous ! ;)
    Au plaisir!

    1. ahah salaud ! Ben en fait j'ai photographié l'insert de votre réédition superfly, que j'ai ensuite passé dans Iphoto vu que mon appareil photo est pas top.. mais c'est vrai que j'avais pas pensé que je pouvais prendre l'artwork directement via internet sans m'embeter.. touché coulé : ) !

      Je change ca tout de suite !

      (je t'ai ajouté sur skype sinon, jy vais très très rarement mais si je t'y croise ca sera avec plaisir - a+ l'ami, peut etre en septembre sinon, bon trip en amazonie et bonjour a ta pineco)