Na Hawa Doumbia – La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol. 3

January 01, 1970

(Awesome Tapes From Africa)  


The debut release from the
archivist blog and DJ collective Awesome Tapes From Africa is a full spectrum
re-release (CD, LP, download and even cassette) of a 1982 record by the
Mali-based singer and purveyor of Wassoulou music, Na Hawa Doumbia. La
Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol. 3
, an early release from a career that has
now spanned several decades, features four entrancing, hypnotic, largely
acoustic numbers played by a stripped down combo of guitar, piano, the
traditional kamelen n’goni and percussion.


Doumbia sings in a lovely, high
pitched but full voice packed with emotion and nuance. The music and voice
essentially work as one, rolling on and on on the ten minute + opener, “Koro
Dia,” and the second number, “Dan Te Dinya La.” “Danaya” slows things down to a
stately, pastoral groove, before the shimmering “Kungo Sogoni” sends us off
into the sublime.  I have no idea what
she is addressing specifically in these songs, but the emotion and feeling is
right there for everyone to see and hear. You get the sense her life story is
right here in the music, a biography in sound and emotion.


An auspicious start for a new
label, La Grande… puts Awesome Tapes From Africa in the drivers seat
with their first release. We expect more greatness from them.


DOWNLOAD: “Koro Dia,”
“Kungi Sogoni,” 2 more. CARL HANNI

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