N° 41
December 08, 2003

Lassy King Massassy will release his new album "Niokala So". The king has recourse to Fanga Fing (the quiet force), Diata Sya (the energy ball), Djénie, Tassouma Woyo (the dancers of Bamako Coura), Maicheur B, Kisto Dem (the energy ball), Sadio Sidibé (the rising star de Biriko), the Zion B. (the ambassadors of the ghetto), the Cool Girls and the Tata Pound (the large calibre). A beautiful feast in prospect at the palace of culture particularly when you know hat the hit “Babayo” is all the rage presently. We’ll come back to it.

Habib Koité Live
Habib Koité (best artist of West Africa at the Kora Awards, “Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et lettres" of the French republic), will dedicate his double live album on 12/12/03 at the cultural space Bouna located at the place of the old airport ACI 2000. “Fôly" is a panorama of very rich and varied repertoire. When a lot of artists have chosen to try to conquer Europe and America by mixing their music with occidental sonorities and others are doing their best to perpetuate traditional music in a rigorous manner, Habib Koité chose his own way, impregnated of tradition of his country and well inscribed in his time. All along his career strong of 3 CDs and countless concerts around the world, Habib developed his personal way of playing guitar and one can hear influence of his country and of other musical style, even Cuban or flamenco sounds. There are also samples of traditional instruments in his music such as tamani, balafon and n’goni. The arrangements enhance the value of his way of singing.
It’s on stage that the guitar virtuoso reveals itself. This is the main reason of this CD recorded in Nederland, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Booking: CCF – Mali k7 – Bouna or at 674 28 95, 637 61 12, 673 79 95 and 679 01 03

Koko Dembélé is back with a new album entitled "Yèrèdon". Recorded at the studio JBZ of Abidjan, "Yèrèdon" has ten tracks. "Yèrèdon" will be put on sale in Mali by Malik7 before the end of the year. You’ll soon have a foretaste of this album on the radios. We‘ll come back to it in our next editions.

What do they become?
“What do they become” is a new column of your news magazine. Every two months, we’ll make a close-up on the ancient glory of Malian music. For this first number, we chose Harouna Barry even if he has not totally broken with the environment.

Harouna Barry, Artist. The vocation of music
Atypical saxophone player, composer, arranger, Harouna Barry is one of the thinking head of Malian music. After a long career serving the state, he now decided to devote to the youth while helping his companions to live their retirement.
I’m teacher by formation and artist by vocation” repeats one of the sacred monsters of Malian music Harouna Barry. This confession translates all the passion of the man who can legitimately say that he was born an artist without anyone shooting to vanity because his artistic talent is innate. His trip is totally atypical because he’s not from the lot of the “Cubans” of Mali. But he has nothing to long for from them.
I have always been attracted by music and I learned how to play several instruments without the help of anybody” said the maestro who spent 35 years serving the nation and who made the fortune and the reputation of the National Badema of Mali. The natural gift of the artist permitted him to teach the instrument to his comrades. Teaching that was made with rudimentary means such as tins, old kettles. He remembers that some learned to play percussion by beating on their thighs.
The first formation of Harouna Barry was the Askia Jazz, a band created by the students of the school Askia Mohamed in 1960. In 1962, he creates the Rônier Jazz with the Taras. Teacher of French and geography, Harouna is transferred in Gao at the end of his formation (1964-65). One year layer, he goes back to the land of his ancestors, Kayes. His talent, ingenuity and musical ambition permitted him to illustrate himself and to become the director of the orchestra “the Goffé Star” of Kayes. It’s there that he learned saxophone to take up a challenge. “The ancient always criticized us saying that there were not enough wind instruments in our orchestra. I then decided one day to try the saxophone. My comrades were seduced by the first notes so I never stopped since then” he remembers. Nobody ever teach him how to play an instrument. He says that he has spiritual fathers at the saxophone such as Tidiane Koné (Rail Band), Fela Kuti (Nigeria) and Manu Dibango (Cameroon).
While being the director of the Goffé Star, Harouna Barry was appealed to in 1975 by Boncana Maïga and Kalil Traoré to join the band “l’As Marabias” which needed a talented and experimented saxophonist. The band was formed by the Cubans of the Malian music. That’s who they rub shoulders with Boncana, Kalil, Bah Tapo, Baba Traoré, Amadou Bâh, Alou Traoré, Dramane Coulibaly, Issa Falaba Traoré... after a brief passage as the artistic director of the National Instrumental Ensemble of Mali (1985-1986), Harouna Barry was recalled to direct the National Badema of Mali; responsibility that he assumed until 2001. During this year, he made his rights to retirement prevail after 35 of good and loyal service.

And yet, Harouna is not old yet. Although his 59 years old, he says to everybody that he is only 18 years old. “You get old only in the head and I’m mentally still very young”. Since his retirement, Harouna founded the orchestra “Les Barons" with some of his comrades such as Ferdinand Coulibaly. A band equipped with instruments by the ancient president Alpha Oumar Konaré. “This comforted me a lot. If I hadn’t managed to reconvert myself in this way, I would have become crazy, I wouldn’t have understand to be given up after having work so hard for my homeland” explains the knight of national order of the merit. In his opinion, music brought him the confidence and the esteem of the youth. “Today, I’m able to make any musician move at any hour toward anywhere. It’s extremely important. No fortune can bring to a man such confidence” he said.
Even in his retirement, Harouna Barry continues to put his experience at the service of stars such as Haïra Arby and the youth in a hall that he occupies at the house of the youth (Maison des jeunes). “He’s entirely devoted to youth, polite and available; Harouna teaches a lot of things to lead an artistic career. And he doesn’t ask for anything in return. It proves that he has love and passion for what he does” says a young female singer. “It’s urgent today to initiate the young people to our dances to avoid their prostitution. We are loosing our manner of dancing because of new dances from other where. They are about to suffocate so it’s time to act”. Waiting for the means to realise this project, Harouna is continuing his musical experience with ADS, Soufountera, François Dembélé (promoter of Santoro/Percussion). His prestige is becoming bigger and the maestro largely merits it.

Best Sales 2003 in Mali
  Artiste Album
Seydou Camara Mali Den  
Déniba Sanogo Jolie  
Mamou Sidibé
Idrissa Soumaoro
Tata Diakité Djama  
Salif Keïta
Kon Kan Ko Sata
Madou Camara
& Mah Kouyaté  
Tata Diakité
Hommage (Best Of)  
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