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L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes

L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes LP

In 1977, seven years after the first wave of modern regional orchestras, the Mali Kunkan record label released another batch of classic recordings from Mali’s best regional orchestras. Super Biton National de Ségou, National Badema, Mystère Jazz de Tombouctou, Kanaga de Mopti, Bida de la Capitale, Sidi Yassa de Kayes and Kéné Star de Sikasso were each given the chance to release a collection of their own recordings.
 
After the 1960 independence, the Orchestre Régional de Kayes was started in order to reinvigorate the local cultures from the Mandé and the Kasso regions and turn some traditional themes into modern songs. Under the guidance of bandleader Harouna Barry, they evolve as one of Mali’s finest orchestras. In the early 1970s, like most modern bands of Mali, the orchestra evolved into the Sidi Yassa de Kayes, named after Sidi Yassa, a late great singer. In 1977, they release one eponymous LP in 1977 on the legendary Mali Kunkan collection.
 
In the early 1970s, like most modern bands of Mali, the orchestra evolved into the Sidi Yassa de Kayes, named after Sidi Yassa, a late great singer. In 1977, they release one eponymous LP in 1977 on the legendary Mali Kunkan collection.
 
The album opens up with Sidi Yassa. On that song, the call and response interplay is transcendent, just like the great percussion work and the very soft guitar licks. There is an almost psychedelic groove to that track sung in sarakolé in a typical praise song manner.
 
Penda is sung by Jean Bitar, one of the better Sidi Yassa singers. Of Lebanese origins, Bitar was the only orchestra member to have a solo career on his own at his peak during the 1980s.
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