December 2, 2004

Test Spin: Bush Taxi Mali

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There’s never been a more romantic scenario for a field recordings record: Sublime Frequencies regular Tucker Martine traveled to Kela, a Jali village in Mali, in the back of a run-down taxi, recording everything from hissing insects and sweltering storms to grimy riffs and mainstream pop.

Most of the live performances use the banjo-related ngoni and balafon, crafting delicate improvisations that move at a clip and wind around one another like a Faberg