Nahawa Doumbia - La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol.1
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne, Vol.1, originally released in 1980, was the debut album by one of Mali's most celebrated singers. It is a simple album of acoustic guitar, voice, youthful power and imagination.
Nahawa Doumbia is one of Mali's defining vocalists of the last four decades. Her work journeys through progressive stages of musical evolution and sonic vogues, making it hard to summarize or even comprehend. She's played a part in popular music since the late ‘70s, as her version of Wassoulou music developed from vocals-and-guitar duo into full-scale touring bands packing a bombastic, electrified punch. As Doumbia puts it, "My music has changed multiple times to this day…The more I progressed in my musical career, the more instruments I have had accompany my songs."
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol.1 looks back to the beginning of Doumbia’s long career, when her voice was remarkably strong, yet still developing. Accompanied soley by guitarist N’gou Bagayoko, who she would go on to collaborate with for the rest of her career, this album documents a raw simplicity and minimal approach, before the addition of bass and percussion, and finally the electric guitar and synths, for which she became known in recent years.
- Includes liner notes by Nahawa Doumbia and N'gou Bagayoko
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