A quick post, this time, featuring a video from Malian television. The artist is the wonderful Mariam Bagayogo (who as far as I know is no close relation to Assa Bagayogo or Hawa Dramé). The quality is - regretfully - slightly below zero, but the music and the spectacular performance should compensate for this.
The song was recorded in the Palais de la Culture in Bamako, in November 1988. And the occasion was a 'soirée' in protest against the Apartheid regime of South Africa.
The music is firmly rooted in the Bambara tradition of what used to be called (and is often still referred to as) the Bélédougou region. It is therefore pentatonic.
I think you'll agree with me that the dancing is out-of-this-world....
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