Hama Sankare, legend of Mali’s desert blues, releases Niafunke, his second brilliant album recorded March 2018 in Bamako. Sankare brought into the studio dynamic young headliners, Oumar Konate, Dramane Toure and Makan Camara along with long time colleagues Afel Bocoum, Yoro Cisse and Kande Sissoko to forge a set of blazing tracks that breath new energy into the genre and breaking old formulas all the while honoring traditional roots.
Niafunke, a city in Mali along the Niger River near Timbuktu is where Sankare continues to live with his family. He, Bocoum and Cisse were contemporary collaborators with Ali Farka Toure whose home was also there and they can be heard on many of Farka’s albums.
Sankare’s spirit engages everyone he meets. He has absorbed musical influences from around the world which he brings to these 10 tracks.
This is his second release on the Clermont Music label. The album is available in CD and vinyl. Some of the tracks were edited for radio and vinyl formats. The vinyl includes an instrumental version of the track Baba Gomni in which the blazing musicians are featured in full force.