A Malian's Musings about Music and Mali…

“In Love with You” by Erykah Badu & Stephen Marley

“In love with you” is the result of an acoustic and bass guitar, a Queen of soul and reggae royalty.  Ms Badu and Stephen Marley combine to give us music in best form: live, heartfelt and effortless. 

What I love about this song, is that it doesn’t sound rehearsed.  You get the feeling that the two artists are at “band practice” just having a jam session that is slowly turning into something special. 

The melody on the guitar and the bass stay pretty constant but the artists give us a real exhibition of their vocal skills.  Ms Badu shows us her range and delivers in hear usual smooth tones, while Mr Marley keeps his message raw and unpolished.  This contrast makes for a very unique sound and makes me hope they collaborate again.  The chemistry between these two is definitely real…just listen to the adlibs…..gorgeous.

Title: In Love with You / Artist: Erykah Badu x Stephen Marley / Album: Mama’s Gun (2000)

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“Les Nuits” by Nightmares on Wax

I was dead, then alive.  Weeping, then laughing. – Rumi

Title: Les Nuits

Artist: Nightmares on Wax 

Album: Now is the time (2014)

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“Diferente” by Gotan Project

How does one combine Argentinean Tango and Electronica?

See below.


Title: Diferente / Artist: Gotan Project / Album: Lunatico, 2006

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“Trance Dance” by DJ Krush & Hamid Baroudi

Malcom Gladwell in his best-selling book “Outliers” proposes that it requires approximately 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery of a craft.  I have no hesitation about whether DJ Krush has put in his time and filled out his timesheets as a DJ/Producer/Instrumentalist.

The more inspired we are, the simpler it is for us to get our point across:

A simple guitar loop, dusty drums, a turntable, a few synths and gorgeous vocals from Algerian singer Hamid Baroudi are the ingredients in this masterpiece.

From Japan with love.

“Voce Vai Ver” by Joao Gilberto

Joao Gilberto

Bossa is often described as music that “fills the heart”.  On Voce Vai Ver, Joao Gilberto is able to undertake this task armed with just his voice and a guitar.  In fact he does so on the entire Voz e Violao album, although this is by no means a surprising feat from an artist with a catalog that’s littered with “classics”.

You don’t need to understand a single word of Portuguese to figure out that this song is about heartbreak.  The pain is apparent in Joao’s tone and expressed in every guitar lick.  The lyrics tell a tale of passion, unrequited love and eventually deep regret: the classic romantic tragedy.

Title: Voce Vai Ver / Artist: Joao Gilberto /Album: Joao Voz e Violao, 2000

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