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  • botb December 10, 2015

    Best of The Beat on Afropop: Bambino, Hero of Bamako

    You may have heard about the African singer who was caught up in the terrorist attack at the Hotel Radisson Blu in Bamako, Mali on Nov. 20. That was Sekouba “Bambino” Diabate, a superstar from Guinea, who was in Bamako … Read more »

  • review February 27, 2013

    The Griot’s Craft

    It has been awhile since we’ve heard new work from Sékouba Bambino (Diabaté), veteran singer of Guinea’s legendary Bembeya Jazz, and probably the pre-eminent Guinean vocalist of the past two decades. This session, featuring a rich blend of acoustic instruments … Read more »

  • hip-deep November 8, 2012

    The Story of Bembeya Jazz

    Guinea’s legendary dance band, Bembeya Jazz, are a pillar of modern West African history.  Begun in 1961 in the flush of Guinea’s independence and Sekou Toure’s maverick presidency, the band played under the inspired leadership of guitar giant Sekou “Bembeya” … Read more »

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