Issa Bagayogo is a Malian musician who sings and plays the kamele ngoni (a six-stringed West African instrument similar to a banjo). His sound combines the acoustic traditions of his region with elements of rock, funk, dub and electronica. The song Poye, from his latest album Mali Koura on Six Degrees Records is a fully-realized Afro-European dance hybrid - it's not just a fusion of two separate cultures, but rather a fully-evolved sound of a brand new culture. The first remix on the record is by Canadian musician, BBoy, DJ, and Remixer Eric Vani better known as Nujazz legend Rise Ashen. Erics focus is on applying hi-fi knowhow to underground music. His take on Poye brings together deep house elements while embracing the instrumental and vocal styling's of the original. The result is a tasty burner with electro dub flavors. On the B-side, Tal M. Kleins remix clocks in at nearly nine minutes filled with afro disco, funk, hip hop, middle eastern percussion, and dub. This remix is truly the heaviest 105 BPM track you're likely to.
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