When BBC Radio 3 announced the winners of its first annual Awards for World Music earlier this year, Tounkara's Sigui was the winner in the Africa category.

When BBC Radio 3 announced the winners of its first annual Awards for World Music earlier this year, Tounkara's Sigui was the winner in the Africa category. Tounkara is one of the great Manding guitarists of Mali. One of the mainstays of the famed Super Rail Band (based in Bamako), Tounkara is a master of the Malinke and Bambara styles and equally well versed in the Cuban and American music that has influenced West African musicians for decades. Sigui features a superb group of backing musicians and vocalists like Mamany Keita (Tama vocalist) and Fatoumata Tounkara (Djelimady's daughter), but Djelimady's fluid, inventive, guitar playing is the major thrill here. Several songs—including "Yemaryo" and the title track—are in the Malian griot tradition, while a hint of Tounkara's breadth shines through on the deftly phrased, flamenco guitar solo track "Samakoun." Racked by Harmonia Mundi in the U.S.—PVV

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