|Review:||The Mali superstar has kept a low profile since Amen (1991), his Joe Zawinul-produced bid for crossover stardom, and a new generation of Afro pop marvels led by Baaba Maal have stepped into the vacuum. Returning to Paris and working with producer/keyboardist Wally Badarou (ex-Level 42), Keita is in exquisite voice although he too often takes a back seat to the extended, horn-driven funk jams typified by Sumun and Mandjou. --Jeff Bateman
What the Critics Say...
Q Magazine (2/96, p.64) - Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...a nod towards reggae, and vintage highlife....an artist at ease with himself and his culture..."
Down Beat (8/96, p.65) - 4 1/2 Stars - Very Good/Excellent - "...the crack ensemble seamlessly fuses griot songs with reggae, funk and fusion....Keita himself, one of the most soulful singers on the planet, carries the emotional weight."