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Balani Show Super Hits: Electronic Street Parties from Mali

The latest from Sahel Sounds is 'Balani Show Super Hits,' a compilation of electro/percussion-heavy popular music played at public street parties in Mali.


On their latest project, Sahel Sounds (the brainchild of Chris Kirkley) looked to Mali for a compilation of electro/percussion-heavy popular music played at Balani Show public street parties. Balani Show Super Hits is a taste of a high energy Malian music that originated out of a late 90s street party scene in Bamako, where DJs began opting for large sound systems and cassettes in favor of Balafon musicians. From the parties soon came a "Balani Show" (aka "Ambience") urban music genre fusing modern production with traditional rhythmic patterns. On the hits compilation, contemporary stars, including Kaba Blon, feature alongside veterans from the Balani scene like DJ Bamanan and  DJ Balani in a talking-drum-infused collection bridging sounds from the electronic balafon with Kuduro and Coupé Decalé. Balani Show Super Hits is out now via Sahel Sounds. Stream it in full below and find out more Balani Show history and backstory from Chris Kirkley over here.

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Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

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In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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