Lobi Traoré (1961-2010)
Musiques du Mali
Lobi Traoré is a Bambara singer from a village near Segou, the heart of
the Bambara region. When he was 16 years old, he went to the town of Segou where he joined a folkoric music group.
Around 1980, when we was in Bamako, he got in contact with Zani Diabaté's Super
Djata Band, where he became a singer for the bambara repertoire.
A few years later, he started to sing solo in bars and at weddings, and the people of Bamako started to know him for his bambara music with that bluesy touch. Over the years, he added percussion (djembe, gourd and bongolo) to his music. A second album
Halfway the 1990s, Lobi has been touring across West Africa and Europe. An encounter with French harmonica player Vincent Bucher, who has been playing with several French and American blues artists, proves to be a fruitful and results in a lasting musical friendship. The album
Singing about Bambara kings, Lobi's songs are melancholic, and without him knowing, his music sounds very much like blues. After some years of relative silence, a new album with a compilation of his best songs has been released in France in September 2004.
Musicians on "Duga":
Lobi Traore Voice, Guitar
Vincent Bucher Harmonica
Bakary Traoré Djembé
Chaka Cenvint Doumbia Bongolo
Bréma Kouyaté Bass Guitar
Mama Diabaté N'goni
Alou Traoré Gourd
Moussa Koné Acoustic Guitar
Ramata Diakité Backing Vocals
Tata Diakité Backing Vocals
Yves Wernert Bass Guitar
Malik & Band Percussions (Track 7)
Source: www.lobitraore.com/ Mali Music.
Born: 1961 in Bakaridianna (near Segou) as Bouréïma Traoré, died 1 June 2010
Style: Bambara music/ Mali blues.
|Rainy Season Blues||2010||Glitterhouse GRCD711|
|Barra Coura||2007||Kanaga System Krush KSK|
|I Yougoba||2007||Diesel Motor MOTORCD1030||Album by Lobi Traoré & Joep Pelt|
|The Lobi Traoré Group||2005||Honest Jons HJRCD13||Semi-live one take recording in Bamako|
|Mali Blue||2004||Dixiefrog DFGCD 8574||(Best of compilation)|
|Bambara Blues||1991||Buda 82816-2|