Boomkat Product Review:
Sorry Bambu is the one-time leader of the legendary L'Orchestre Kanaga De Mopti, whose ace 'Kanaga De Mopti' was recently reissued on Kindred Spirits. 'Volume One 1970-1979' focuses on this period with the Orchestra, including a clutch of his previously unreleased and highly sought after recordings of vintage Malian music. Sorry's father was a noble, and a veteran of the Emperor Samoury Touré's army. In Mali's caste-based society, this meant that he was forbidden to play music, an art reserved for griots. However, after being orphaned at a very young age, he turned to music for solace, particularly a six-holed flute that kept him busy day and night. In 1957 he formed his first band, Group Goumbé, named after a dance craze from the Ivory Coast, and, following the countries cultural revolution, would become musical director of one of Mali's six regional bands who played in bienniale national competitions. Under Sonny Bambu, they took home the grand prize in 1976, 1978, and 1980. Covering this period, 'Volume One 1970-1979' was compiled by Alex Minoff and Ian Eagleson of Extra Golden with much input from Sonny himself. It spans a glorious spectrum of his works, from the bewitching magic of 'Sekou Amadou' (that lead riff will stick in your head for days), to the incredible groove of 'Sayouwé' fusing traditional Dogon ritual rhythms with a completely unexpected and amazing burst of synth action. We were already enamoured with the previous Kindred Spirits issue, but we're smitten with this. Recommended!