Cover of Boulevard de l'Indépendance

From Boulevard de l'Indépendance and 1 other release

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“‘Mali Sadio’ is one of the most frequently performed songs from the Mandingue repitoire. According to the oral tradition passed on by griots, a hippopatamus used to live near Bafoulabe—the town on the confluence of two rivers, in northwest Mali. (The name for the country, Mali, comes from the word for hippo.) The hippo was not a menace to the village; the women would go down to the river to wash their clothes, and became very fond of him. And then, despite the women’s protests, the hippo was killed by a European hunter. And so mourning replaced love in the village. That’s why the refrain says, “Bafoulaben Mali sadio deli man bete”—the hippo with the white legs from Bafoulaben—it’s hard to separate from someone you have become used to. This is a metaphorical song, you can sing it for any kind of separation, from a loved one, or even a country. Mangala Camara sings in Khassonike, the language of his region, Khasso.”


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  • mheberger

    This is such an incredible standout track. Everything about it is superb--the arrangement, the lilting kora, the driving percussion; even the synthesizers work for me. And my God, those vocals! Mangala Camara, object of affection and derision in your native Mali, you always walked your own path. Toumani had the insight to recognize you for the national treasure you are. May you rest in peace.

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