AfroCubism – Jarabi

AfroCubism is one of the best things to happen to music in recent years. Basically, surviving members of Buena Vista Social Club teamed up with Mali’s best musicians to make an album blending Mali’s sounds and Cuba’s. The result is a frankly unbelievable album. This video is just as great. They take “Jarabi,” one of the best songs from the album, and draw it out to 8 minutes, inserting solos not on the album version, and a DOPE horns section. Kasse Mady Diabaté congenially explains the lyrics to the audience while singing the tune, Eliades Ochoa has a great guitar solo, Toumani Diabaté fucking shreds on the kora, and then Bassekou Kouyaté (who is a large man only made larger by the relative smallness of the n’goni he plays) comes over and has a little solo-duel with Toumani. This is live musicianship at its finest.

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