Bonnie Raitt knows a thing or two about soulful guitarists, so when she declared that Mali's Habib Koité deserves consideration alongside legendary ax masters, even music fans who pay little attention to West African sounds took note.Read More
"First there was Hendrix, then Stevie Ray Vaughan, and now Habib," said Raitt, who invited Koité to perform on her 2002 album "Silver Lining." "With his combination of chops and soul, he's the most amazing guitarist I've heard in years."
Koité, who opens a four-night run at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley on Thursday with his longtime band Bamada, has been making North American inroads for the past decade. He's released a series of gorgeous albums on Putumayo World Music, World Village, and, most recently, label/presenter Cumbancha (2007's "Afriki"), honing a gorgeous, lapidary sound built on traditional Malian instruments such as the gourd percussion calabash, xylophone-like balafon, and kora, a 21-string harp.
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