June 05, 2009


Continuing the series of posts of 45s, I have dug up two singles on the Badmos label from Malian artists. In general, singles from Malian artists are rare and mostly -if not all- manufactured 'abroad' (i.e. not in Mali). The Badmos label was owned by a Nigerian living in Abidjan, and the lack of information on the sleeves of the Badmos records has led to some speculation and misunderstandings about the origins of the artists.

In this case the artists are from Mali, although in the case of Mamadou Doumbia it seems likely that he was one of the many migrants from Mali living in Côte D'Ivoire. A hit from the 1960s, "Super Bébé", can be found in an earlier post.
Regretfully the quality of this record is poor, mainly as a result of dust wear. But if you are -like me- a regular listener to sand-blazed vinyl you will be able to enjoy a delicate and suave (ahum) two-part ode to the women of Ivory Coast and their sisters in other African countries.

Badmos BB 183

The second single is by Tentemba Jazz, a Malian orchestra that has managed to stay well out of the limelight. That is to say, I have never heard anyone mention them in Mali, and I can only find a very limited amount of records by them. But these two tracks, mangled as the record may be (and this is the best of two copies I have!), are pure gold. With a leader singer vaguely reminiscent of that shining star of African music, Amadou Balaké, great guitars, a solid groove and even a (toy?) trumpet.
The track on the A-side has been covered to by the Rail Band, but I can't remember if they have recorded it. The pure platinum "Moussolatintani" was covered -and probably later- by the 22 Band (on SLP 67), - or maybe it just served as an inspiration for that version.

I am hoping someone has a better copy of this single than the frustrating one posted here. If so, please let me know (please...).

Badmos BB 229


oro said...

thank you for those beautiful sounds.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Great blog! I don't have another copy of this one you want but here's their other 7" Badmos release for sale on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/TENTEMBA-JAZZ-DU-MALI-TASSILIMAGAN-MEGA-RARE-AFRO-7_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ65Q3a12Q7c66Q3a2Q7c39Q3a1Q7c72Q3a1205Q7c240Q3a1318Q7c301Q3a1Q7c293Q3a1Q7c294Q3a50QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem2c4fcccb22QQitemZ190317382434QQptZMusicQ5fonQ5fVinylQQsalenotsupported

I think these guys later became Super Tentemba Jazz with an LP called "Reconciliation?" If you don't have this you gotta get it. It is a must for Malian record collectors. In my top 10 Mali LPs! I can send mp3s... best, S:O:U:L - soulsalaam@gmail.com

urijenny said...

Los tracks de la Tentemba Jazz son fantásticos.

Buscando en la web encontré perdidos en una carpeta esnips 4 tracks sin datos que figuraban como de la Tentemba Jazz. Los he resubido aquí para que los puedas descargar:


Aunque no sé si en verdad son de la Tentemba Jazz.

Si tenés más material de este grupo lo podrías subir?

Gracias y saludos.

Mamadou Is Awesome said...

Please if you have more Mamadou Doumbia post them because this some of the most beautiful music I ever heard. My itunes shows 28 playcount for man mousso 1 [this despite having 11,000 other songs to choose from]. More Mamadou please.