Thursday, 20 May 2010

Mandingo Featuring Foday Musa Suso "Watto Sitta"

Mandingo Featuring Foday Musa Suso

"Watto Sitta"
( LP Celluloid Records, 1984, France )
Catalog # CELL 6103

A1 - Harima
Synthesizer [Yamaha Dx7] - Herbie Hancock
A2 - Muso
A3 - Natural Dancer
B1 - Kansala
B2 - Dewgal
Synthesizer [Yamaha Dx7] - Herbie Hancock
B3 - Don't Worry
Djembe [Jimbeh] - Manu Washington

Personnel & Credits:
Artwork By [Album Design, Illustration] - Lester Dore
Backing Vocals - Isatou Walker , Nora Harris , Robin Robinson
Bass - Joe Thomas
Congas, Bongos [Morrocan], Bells [Frafra], Shekere, Percussion [Gnouan Clappers, Turtle Shell] - Adam Rudolph
Drum Programming [Dmx] - Bill Laswell , Foday Musa Suso
Drums - Hamid Drake
Engineer [Assistant, Evergreen] - Hahn Rowe
Engineer [Assistant, Studiomedia] - Sam Fishkin
Engineer [Recording] - Rob Stevens
Guitar - Abdul Hakeen
Kora, Kora [Dousongonni], Kalimba, Talking Drum, Lead Vocals, Arranged By, Written-by - Foday Musa Suso
Mastered By - Howie Weinberg
Mixed By - Dave Jerden
Other [Administration] - Roger Trilling
Percussion [Chatan], Talking Drum - Aiyb Dieng
Performer [Dundungo] - Reymond Sillah
Photography [Back] - D. Shigley
Producer - Bill Laswell , Foday Musa Suso

Produced for Material OAO
Recorded at Evergreen Studio, New York City, and Studiomedia, Evanston, Illinois
Mixed at El Dorado, Los Angeles, California
Mastered at Mastedisk, New York City.
(C) 1984 Mandingo Music
(P) & (C) 1984 Celluloid Records
Distributed by Mélodie Distribution , Made in France

Mandingo was Foday Musa Suso's band for this Afropop/dance/fusion album from 1985. Suso is a Mandingo griot, a hereditary musician from Gambia and master of the kora, a sort of African guitar that sounds a lot like a cross between a harp and a banjo. Here he plays the kora and several other instruments and sings, backed by African and non-African players of African and non-African instruments, including Herbie Hancock on keyboard for "Harima" and "Dewgal."
The music is lively and fun, even with what sounds like a drum machine banging away with the more traditional percussion. I'm generally not a big fan of this kind of hybrid, as the non-traditional part often clashes with the rest, but it works pretty well here. It's instantly accessible and infectious.
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By Celo

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