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Album of the Day: Nahawa Doumbia,“La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol. 1”

Long before Nahawa Doumbia was a leading face in Wassoulou music, an indigenous strain of folk sang by women in Mali, she was a young singer trying to find her voice. So while her 1981 album, La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol. 1, is just vocals and acoustic guitar (played by her future husband N’Gou Bagayoko), you can hear fragments of the percussive didadi rhythms that made her a superstar in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. On Vol. 1, Doumbia was still in search of a unique sound.

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This Week’s Essential Releases: British Jazz, African Folk, Indie Rock and More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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