La Nouvelle Revelation du Wassoulou is another solid cassette from the region--more undiluted beauty, as someone described the previous cassette to me. Nabintou's is a little more dynamic than that of Doussouba Traore; less driving, you may notice. However, that is not to say one is any better or worse than the other.
Nabintou, I believe, is Oumou Sangare's cousin and was a backing vocalist in her group. I wouldn't be surprised if Oumou is singing on this one too. In fact, I think members of Oumou's group are probably playing on this tape. I saw a roster for the musicians on another of Nabintou's tape, which included Kassim Sidibe, who I know was Oumou's kamelengoni player.
The kamelengoni on this tape is a prominent feature, largely leading the music. On some tracks, the longer cycles of melody it plays before repeating, fills a more melodic role than it usually has on other tapes by Bintou Sidibe or Aissata Sidibe, where it is primarily a rhythm machine with short fills and fast solos that allow more instrumentation to be layered on top for the main melody.
**If you recall from my post about Seydou Camara, I have had great success tracking down the out of print text, as well as some other interesting resources. When I get something coherent together I'll be sure to share**
**Enjoy scenic downtown Bamako, pictured up top. Amadou Toumani Toure's palais présidentiel looms atop the hill, which is also where you can find Point G, one of the two main hospitals in Bamako and greater Mali. If you get lost wandering the angled streets use the cathedral with the clock as a landmark--it helps**