Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Habib Koite - Kunfe Ta

Since Vista went RTM several years ago. I have never ceased to love Habib Koite's songs. His style is quite unique. He sings nice African songs with passion and his guitar which is usually high pitched.

For some days now, I have been playing one of his classics which he did 1995 - Kunfe Ta.
In as much as I do not understand the lyrics, the song suggests WAR to me. I'll update you guys once I get more info on the lyrics about this awesome African.

Nice enough, he did this same song in Seattle in 2006 with more strength and energy - see the video below.

You may need to know that Koité is known primarily for his unique approach to playing the guitar by tuning it on a pentatonic scale and playing on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni. Other pieces of his music sound more like the blues or flamenco which are two styles he learned under Khalilou Traore. (Wikipedia)

Koité's vocal style is intimate and relaxed, emphasizing calm, moody singing rather than operatic technical prowess. Members of Bamada play talking drum, guitar, bass, drum set, harmonica, violin, calabash, and balafon. Koité composes and arranges all songs, singing in English, French, and Bambara.

You can see more of him on his website. Please note that it's in French, so you may need a sort of translator - Google or Bing...