If you’ve never given classic Guinean music a listen the band Camayenne Sofas is a good place to start. In fact I can’t recommend enough everything from the Guinean state-run record label Editions Syliphone Conakry which published an incredible catalog of Manding music that often sublimely combined traditional rhythms with modern instrumentation. Have a listen from their 1976 LP La Percee.
Were – Were
In case you were wondering who was peeking through the 45 hole in my last post, I decided to share another breath-taking pachanga from that very person – Guinean master guitarist Kante Manfla. Manfla is one of those prolific artists, who due to varied and sometimes ambiguous associations confuses the inquisitor. Just check out World Vision’s investigative post from back in 2009 and you’ll see what I mean. Without any answers to the many questions about Kante Manfla, I’ll simply leave you with this call to the dancefloor – Keleya. Make no mistake, this song is exceptionally potent with Manfla’s Son-africano flavor and gets played on repeat at my place. Just listen to the way the drums, guitar, flute, and horns take turns telling their own tale of Keleya while you work up a sweat.
Keleya – Kante Manfla
Kante Manfla – Keleya