The RFI review of the year
2005 ended with an appropriately elaborate display of musical fireworks on Salif Keita's ambitious new album M'Bemba (released at the end of October). The album, entirely recorded in Keita's studio in Bamako, found the Malian star delving into his country's history and the royal courts of the past. M'Bemba, which fuses traditional Mandingo rhythms with other surprising elements such as Spanish melodies, was hailed as one of the most accomplished releases of 2005 - and rightly so, in our eyes!
You can find the full review here.