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5 Apr 2017

Super Rail Band Of The Buffet Hotel Del La Gare De Bamako 1970- 2014 Mali Afro Latin Jazz






Super Rail Band Of The Buffet Hotel Del La Gare De Bamako “Rail Band”1970-2014 Mali Afro Latin Jazz  
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Record produced by the Federal Government of Nigeria for the Government of the Republic of Mali.

“The Rail Band was founded in 1970, in Mali, with the sponsorship of the railway administration and the Ministry of Information. The National Railway Company secured a permanent venue at the Buffet Bar in the Station Hotel in Bamako. The band was formed with the hope of safeguarding and developing Malian music. The general idea was that weary travelers would tumble into the Buffet Bar where the Rail Band would perform real Manding music. Singing in Bambara, a Manding language spoken not only in Mali, but also in Guinea, the Gambia, and parts of Senegal, the band adopted traditional kora and balafon songs and rhythms mixing in an Islamic-influenced vocal style to what was becoming modern urban pop music.

Salif Keita began singing lead for the Rail Band at it’s inception, when he was only twenty-one. Instruments and equipment were government-owned and band members were considered government employees. The Rail Band quickly became a sort of rite-of-passage for Malian musical talent. As mentioned, Salif Keita got his start with them, as did guitarist Kante Manfila (who both soon left the Rail Band to start Les Ambassadeurs), and singer Mory Kante (who assumed lead vocal responsibilities after Keita left).

The Rail Band’s music was Manding-influenced, latin-tinged, with with lightness and swing, and despite the modern instruments you can clearly hear the strains of the original Manding music.” (African Music Encyclopedia) …~

Rail Band manifests the haunting pinnacle of Malian 1970s popular dance music. Theirs is a transcendent, twinkling sound. I’d reckon that “Duga” is one of my all-time favorite grooves. With their discography, its somewhat difficult to discern whether this is, in fact, their 2nd or 3rd LP. Many thanks to Les Mains Noires for the exquisite streaming audio selections of early RB (below), starting with “Bajala Male”. 320 vinyl rip by yours truly. 2011 Superfly Records LP reissue. Buy it. …~

The Rail Band’s music was Manding-influenced, latin-tinged, with with lightness and swing, and despite the modern instruments you can clearly hear the strains of the original Manding music. The idea of the original Rail Band stills survives to this day, though they now compete with disco’s and video clubs and as a result they started playing only once a week. …~

One of Mali’s best known outfits, also known as Super Rail Band and the Bamako Rail Band. Led by the legendary Salif Keita. Their unique style came about as a result of the fusion of Afro-Latin-Jazz and traditional styles....~


The Super Rail Band is a legendary musical aggregation, up there with the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Franco’s O.K. Jazz, Thomas Mapfumo’s Blacks Unlimited and King Sunny Ade’s Synchro System. The continued interest in the Rail Band stems chiefly from the many fantastic singers who have performed within its ranks before achieving major world music stardom, among them Salif Keita (the ‘Mansa of Mali’) and Mory Kante (whose later single Yeke Yeke was one of the biggest international African hits).

Despite recent forays onto the North American concert stage under the leadership of guitarist Djelima Dytounkara, the Super Rail Band’s seminal role in the development of modern Malian music is today largely forgotten. They may be credited as an early launchpad for the careers of Salif Keita and Mory Kante, but their importance is deeper than that: as the first high-profile Malian band to translate traditional Manding kora and balafon music into a modern urban context, they kick-started the emergence of electric griot music throughout Mali, Guinea and Senegambia. 
Formed in 1970, the Super Rail Band was the first group to receive sponsorship from the Malian government, who, keen to nurture local culture, bought most of the band’s imported Western instruments and underwrote their wages. Throughout the 1970s the band was resident at the buffet bar of capital city Bamako’s Station Hotel, a literal crossroads of West African culture and a fashionable social meeting place as well. 

The Super Rail Band was a vital stepping-stone for Keita and Kante, and also for Kante Manfila, originally an acoustic guitarist, who later became a key figure in the development of local electric music. In 1973, Keita and Manfila left to join Les Ambassadeurs in the Cote d'Ivoire, and Kante departed not long after to develop the kora into a modern lead instrument in front of an all-electric band. The age of the electric griot was born. 

Recorded in late 1982 and first released in the UK in 1985 as New Dimensions In Rail Culture, this reissue puts a vital piece of the electric griot jigsaw back on the decks. The Manding modern/traditional blend is maturing but is not yet wholly integrated, and its constituent parts—ancient balafon and kora music (with kit drums and electric guitars reinterpreting the traditional instruments’ lines), Islamic vocal stylings, Ghanaian dance-band highlife (E.T. Mensah had been massively popular in Mali in the 1960s) and, uniquely in the region at the time, Zairean rumba—are each distinctly audible. 

Sekou Kante and Lanfia Diabate may not be as widely celebrated as their predecessors Keita and Kante, but they are A-list effervescent vocalists, fronting an easy-rocking, locked-down band. The horn players (sadly the sleeve has not acquired full personnel details over the years) are straight out of Accra, barely mutated, and Dytounkara’s cascading guitar lines vividly evoke traditional kora and n'goni music while adding new electric textures and impact. The feral beauty of rural Manding folk music is perfectly captured during the second half of “Konowale,” electric and bass guitars enjoy some prolonged and enthusiastic coupling on “Tallassa,” and tumescent, Franco-ish guitar licks enliven “Mali Yo.” A great album then, and a great album still….by…By CHRIS MAY…..all about jazz…~



SRB started life in the 1970s as resident band in the Buffet Bar of the Hotel-de-la-Garre in Bamako, and were initially sponsored by the Ministry of Information of the Government of Mali. 
Many careers were launched by this band, the most notable being that of Salif Keita who initially sang at the back of the stage with his head covered by a towel due to the perceived disgrace of someone from the Royal household lowering himself to sing in front of an audience! 
This eponymously-titled 2013 re-release features an ensemble of musicians and singers led by the outstanding guitar work of Djelimady Tounkara. Two of the Keita family clan feature on this album - Fortigui on bass, and Kabine plays saxophone - and 4 French `musiciens additionelles’ are also featured, mainly horn players who beef-out the sound on some numbers. 
SRB were the first to combine Cuban dance music from the 1960s (which entered Mali via the Congo) with jazz, and blend the concoction with the traditional Malian Griot praise-singer tradition, Bambara and other West African styles. The resulting brew is intoxicating, and just makes you want to get up and dance…. The Guardian…amazon…~


Personnel 
Sekou Kante: lead vocals; Lanfia Diabete: lead vocals; Djelima Dytounkara: guitar; undocumented: saxophones, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, drums, percussion.




The legendary band that has been an institution in Mali since the late 1960s, Super Rail Band, mixed traditional African instruments with electric guitars, led by the mesmerizing presence of singer and guitarist Djelimady Tounkara. The Super Rail Band was born out of a Malian government subsidy in the 1950s for local groups to integrate indigenous folk traditions into their music, including Mandingo jeli songs and hunting songs, which the band mixed in with Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, electric guitars and trap drums. For years, the band anchored a lively international scene at the dance bar operated by the Mali Rail Company at the railway station in Bamako, Mali’s capital.
The Super Rail Band served as an important launching pad for the careers of numerous West African musicians, including kora player and singer Mory Kante, guitarist Kante Manfila and Mory Kante and Salif Keita….~




Albums
1970 : Sunjata (Bärenreiter-Musicaphon)
1976 : Melodias Rail Band du Mali (Kouma)
1976 : Concert “Rail Band” du Mali (Kouma)
1976 : Melodias “Rail Band” du Mali (Kouma)
1977 : Orchestre du Buffet Hôtel de la Gare de Bamako (HNLX 5179)
1979 : Affair Social (Sacodis LS-25)
1985 : New Dimensions in Rail Culture (Globestyle)
1994 : Super Rail Band de Bamako/ Djougouya Magni (Indigo)
1996 : Mansa (Indigo)
2003 : Kongo Sigui (Indigo)
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1995 : The Rough Guide to West African Music (World Music Network)
2012 : The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Africa (World Music Network)






















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