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Mandekalou DVD / Daby Balde tour/ Baaba Maal Basingstoke

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:07 pm
by Chris P
has anyone seen this ? As available at Amazon UK (and elsewhere)

Mandekalou - Art and Soul & of Mande Griots [French Import]
DVD ~ Mandekalou
Studio: Syllart
DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2005

Given how great the Cds are, this should be blinking wonderful


Ps Don't miss Daby Balde on tour at the moment in Uk - his band are just wonnerful - much more of a roots rockin West African sound than the very good but smoother Cd.

Baaba Maal at Basingstoke several weeks ago was hugely dissapointing - diabolical sound that made his great voice painful to hear, and a largely uncharismatic performance, band and set. Hope to hear from forumistas that his Womad performance will be a return to form, because it would be a waste and a disaster if it was similar to what we witnessed. I speak harshly perhaps because I have enjoyed his music so much in other contexts, and I wasn't expecting a feet of clay performance

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:54 pm
by Des
Yep I've got this - it's very quaint - the sound quality is attrocious and the setting is bizarre, looks like it's filmed at an airport terminal! Worth it for curiosity value and a must for any African music fan considering the paucity of music DVDs of this genre.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:10 pm
by Des
Sorry, I've described the wrong DVD but I've got the one you're on about as well - it's a documentary and very interesting although I would have liked more footage of the actual music. There's a cow that gets sacrificed but tastefully done.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:25 pm
by Chris P
There's a cow that gets sacrificed but tastefully done

I suppose if I was a sacrificial cow with no way out I'd marginally prefer a tasteful end

so Des - are there any complete songs performed / How much footage of Djelimady, Sekouba, Kandia et al actually making music / do the musicians memorably talk to camera ?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 8:26 pm
by Des
It's more of a montage of interviews interspersed by scenes of Mali life, footage taken in the recording studio etc. It is a lovely film, very atmospheric. but the performances are superimposed over scenes of the African landscape and beautiful people. Even the cow enjoyed the first part of it.