June 2, 2019

Fanta Sacko – Musique du Mali
Bärenreiter / Mali Music BM 30 L 2551

Het heeft gewoon zo moeten zijn denk ik, Gerrit van Lola Radio
bracht ons laatst twee prachtige platen van Fanta Damba, dank
daarvoor Gerrit. Hij sprak daarbij ook over Fanta Sacko, laat ik nou
net vorige week die elpee van haar hebben gevonden. Het betreft
een uitgave van het ‘Ministere de l’Information, Mali Music’ op het
Bärenreiter label. Het album schept enige verwarring vanwege het
feit dat er 8 nummers op staan en volgens hoes en label 10. De tijden
zoals die vermeld worden kloppen ook geen van allen. Aangezien ik
ook geen woord Malinees versta ben ik er maar van uit gegaan dat
de langste twee nummers samenvoegingen zijn van twee titels.
Als iemand het mysterie kan oplossen, heel graag ..

I guess it was just meant to be. Shortly, Gerrit of Lola Radio Blog,
brought us two great recordings by Fanta Damba, thanks for those
Gerrit. He also spoke about a record by Fanta Sacko. What a coinci-
dence, I just found that record last week. It concerns a release by
le ‘Ministere de l’Information, Mali Music’ on the Bärenreiter label.
The album causes some confusion because it contains 8 tracks while
label and sleeve speak of 10 songs. The times of the tracks also don’t
match with those at the backsleeve. Now I don’t understand a word
of Malinese so I just assume the longest two tracks are mergers of
two songs. If anyone can solve the mystery, please do ..

After having some things cleared up in the comment section, I decided to
make the necessary adjustments to my file. Thank you Issa, Ngoni and Toto
for waking me up and explaining what must have happened here. I now under-
stand I have a quite unique misprint of the album. An error was probably-
made in the production proces and it just so happened I stumbled upon a
copy which should have been destroyed. It escaped from the factory and
ended up in my collection many years later. Thanks to Issa I was now able
to correct the titles. Everybody, ATTENTION; download it again with the
proper titles. Enjoy the sometimes longer versions and the one, previous
unreleased, track ( Mamadou Ndiaye ) The sound is perfect, listen
once more and realise, this is a unique mistake. ;-)
For those who didn’t follow earlier, the correct and final copy of this
album has ten instead of eight songs, in a different order and of other
length. Another difference is track four which does not appear on the
other record. (the final cut)This album does not have ‘Tubaka’, ‘Jeliké jan’
and ‘Maliens be di yala’, which the final cut does have.
Enjoy listening everybody ..


tracks ;

01 – Banankoro
02 – Jimbe wata dabola
03 – Tita
04 – Mamadou ndiaye
05 – Tara
06 – Ni ko ni kidassa
07 – Kankan jarabi
08 – Kita jeli


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  1. Toto 3 June 2019 at 14:40 - Reply

    Musicaphon Bärenreiter produced a fantastic 7 volume (traditional acoustic) “Première Anthologie De La Musique Malienne” and similar 7 volume (electric) “Les Meilleurs Souvenirs De La 1ere Biennale Artistique Et Culturelle De La Jeuness” in 1970.
    Following it up a year later with a 3 volume “Musique Du Mali” set of albums, of which Fanta Sacko is Volume 1. The other two feature the legendary blind n’goni player Bazoumana Sissoko.
    I am confused by your confusion as my album has 10 distinct tracks.
    Side One #4 Tara clocking in at 4’44” and #5 Banankoro at 5’27”
    Side Two #4 Maliens be di yala at 5’35” and #5 Kankan Jarabi at 5’10”
    All the albums in these series are filled with great information about each track, wonderful photographs of the artists and translations of all the songs in German. French and English.
    Apart from a 1976 SID (Société Ivoirienne Du Disque) recording of Sira
    and Lanaya
    These are the only recordings of Fanta, who launched the Bajourou music genre and helped establish a female singing tradition in Mali, where at that time female popular musicians were not generally approved of.
    Although still incredibly popular she (supposedly due to the over use of skin bleaching) sadly retired from the music scene in the early 80s.
    Fanta was truly a great talent and this is her beautiful album that created a new style in Malian music which she called “Jamana Kura”

  2. Issa 3 June 2019 at 20:24 - Reply

    It seems you have here an amazing collector! I heard it many times and we have only 8 tracks, but not in the Musicaphon order (and not always with the same length of this release)!:
    1. Banankoro
    2. Jimbe Wato Dabola (very longer than Musicaphon one’s and with reference to Mamadou Konaté – RDA historic leader from 1946 to his death in 1956)
    3. Tita
    4. Mamadou Ndiaye (NOT IN MUSICAPHON, the only real praise song here)
    5. Tara
    6. Ni Ko Ni Kadissa (shorter than Musicaphon one’s)
    7. Kankan Jarabi
    8. Kita Jeli

    People interested could look at :
    It is where I found first the Musicaphon release some years ago…

    Thanks a lot for sharing all these musical gems. And shame on who are trying to get money with your work on amazon or anywhere else…

    Best wishes and have a very nice week


  3. ngoni 3 June 2019 at 22:08 - Reply

    I do not have time to enjoy this album now, but this copy has the longest version of Titati, one of the most beautiful love songs of Manding, if not the most beautiful.

    This is not Titati + Tara is just Titati.


    • Moos 3 June 2019 at 22:15 - Reply

      .. now will someone explain to me why I just find four tracks per side of the album,
      I am still confused ..

  4. Toto 4 June 2019 at 10:55 - Reply

    Hi Moos

    Out of curiosity I downloaded the album and to my surprise found it not to be the Bärenreiter one I have owned all these years.
    You obviously have the wrong album sleeve.
    Does the actual record have the Bärenreiter label?
    The tracks appear to be different takes of the songs and are compiled in a different order.’ and therefore the songs are wrongly titled.
    It is certainly a great find and many thanks for it.


    • Moos 4 June 2019 at 12:18 - Reply

      Hi Toto, okay, take another look at the post. I have
      added the label which has obvious the Bärenreiter mark
      and contains 5 tracks per side. The other foto clearly shows
      that the vinyl only has four tracks. What can I do. This
      is how it is, right record, wrong track order, wrong times ???
      Also look at the backsleeve, in the file, same track order as label.
      What is the matter here ?

      • Toto 4 June 2019 at 12:46 - Reply

        All I can say is lucky you… Mine has the same label but 5 visible tracks per side.
        As I said the tracks are certainly different takes of the versions I know and love, with the added bonus of track 4 not being on the Bärenreiter release.
        I cannot thank you enough for being able to hear more songs from (as Ngoni knows) one of my favourite singers.
        Next time I see Lucy Duran I will ask her about your find as she too is a great fan of Fanta’s, and may be able to shed some light on this curiosity.

        • ngoni 4 June 2019 at 16:29 - Reply

          @Toto By the way, immersed in Bajourou I can not stop thinking that Amy Sacko learned to sing along with her aunt Fanta Sacko, maybe then she learned to give that touch of softness to the Bamana air, which is not common.

          • Toto 5 June 2019 at 13:11

            @ngoni Yes dear friend, it truly is a blessing.

      • ngoni 4 June 2019 at 13:52 - Reply

        Moos I think it is a unique piece, a piece fruit of a mistake, probably in 1970 the way to edit the songs, was to copy the tape recording, in another master tape to send to the engraving workshop, surely a different tape to the definitive one, was sent to the engraving workshop, where the German worker who does not know a single word of Malinké executes his work, perhaps without access to the graphic part of the disc, the production in the pre-digital era, was very different.
        Probably in your hands is the only undamaged copy of a eliminated roll.
        I have to add that the sound is splendid, as in all your ripping, transmining the pleasure of a remarkable quality of the sound in the master tape.

        Thank you thank you thank you.

      • Issa 4 June 2019 at 14:46 - Reply

        I posted yesterday what I understood after listening many times all the songs you have uploaded.
        I am sure that we don’t have among them “Jelikè Jan”, “Toubaka” and “Maliens Be Di Yala”. I am also sure that track 4 of your post don’t match with another song among the tracklist on label or on the backsleeve…
        If we compare your post with Bolingo69 one’s, it seems that backsleeve and labels have more “concordance” with songs available on bolingo (but for the tracks length, backsleeves inverse times for tracks b4 and b5 when we have 10 songs).
        Finally if we look with attention your label with those available by bolingo 69, they have same contents but they are different. On bolingo69 labels have ‘musicaphon’ in white letters on their red high side, but not your’s… This may be an indication that they pressed at least one time with errors but some products were not destroyed; in this case your post come from one of these ‘primarly bad products’…
        You share with us an ‘anormal rarity’ then bolingo posted in 2011 a ‘normal product’ but without asperities that make your post so interesting!
        All the best

  5. Toto 4 June 2019 at 12:47 - Reply

    If you would like a copy of my album I would happily digitise it and send you a copy.

    • Moos 4 June 2019 at 15:58 - Reply

      That would be very nice Toto, thank you in advance ..

  6. Moos 4 June 2019 at 16:32 - Reply

    Thank you Issa, Ngoni and Toto for ringing the bell.
    I have adjusted the file and now ask everybody to download it again, this time with the proper titles and track order. I am very pleased to know this is a unique misprint.
    It can only add to the richness of our collection. I thank Toto for sending me the other release, the one it should have been and that everybody seems to know but me. I am just a stupid collector with no up to date knowledge of the matter. It is wonderful you guys educate me, I am very grateful for this. Cheers and thanks again ..

    • Issa 5 June 2019 at 17:27 - Reply

      I think you are doing a so wonderful work on this blog…
      In Mali where I come from, they say :
      – nobody can’t know everything,
      – everyday ears (and so everyone in relation with others) go to school…
      Great thanks to you and best wishes

    • ngoni 5 June 2019 at 22:52 - Reply

      Hi Moos, maybe you’re interested in another casual find, in Gerrit’s post Propaganda …

  7. Toto 5 June 2019 at 00:06 - Reply

    Hi Moos
    Here is the Fanta Sacko album I promised.

    Ana again may I thank you for your wonderful find.

    • Moos 5 June 2019 at 07:43 - Reply

      thank you very much Toto,
      now I can compare, sweet ..

  8. kabako 14 July 2019 at 12:55 - Reply

    The 8-track version of this album does not seem to be that rare; my copy looks in every regard to be identical., with the one Moss offered.

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