Mellifluous Ségou: A night on the town, part II

July 27, 2010

View of Niger from Ségou

I believe “Douboutigui”, the name of today’s musician, an electric guitar sensation, means “Big Chief” in Bambara. Chief indeed he was, lording over the other maquis we attended that night in Ségou named Mama Africa, a dimly lit little joint nestled in some lesser known neighborhood that served cold ones from a bar in the back and blasted the music up at the front.
Accompanying Douboutigui were two great percussionists and Batouma, a petite singer with a clubbed foot who fearlessly and expressively delivered the goods (at times a little too expressively, detracting from the guitar playing).
Here are a few samples…

Track 1 (short) – Douboutigui and Batouma, Mama Africa, Ségou, June 2010

Track 2 – Douboutigui and Batouma, Mama Africa, Ségou, June 2010

Track 3 – Douboutigui and Batouma, Mama Africa, Ségou, June 2010

Coming next, riffing with Songhai guitarist Abba Tandina and family in Timbuktu.

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