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Nostalgie 03:40
Ta'aba 04:49
IdJo 04:25
Tama 04:42
Dambe 05:30
Sonnike 05:31
Boula 05:17
Koko 05:27


Songs of the migrant, of lands visited and departed. Rich vocals and infectious grooves - an outstanding modern Afro-European set featuring Tom Diakite, Sam Mills and Djanuno Dabo.


released August 22, 1999

Tom Diakite: vocals, donzo n’goni, kora, sanza calebasse, percussion
Djanuno Dabo: percussion
Sam Mills: guitar

Also featuring:
Noel Ekwabi: bass
Assitan Keita: backing vocals
Janka Diabate: backing vocals
Leandru Acocha: piano, keyboards
Aly Wague: flute
Samba Moctar: drums
Vincent Segal: cello
Cesar Anot: bass (Nostalgie), backing vocals (Koko)
Annick Tangora: French vocals (Ta’aba) Cheick Tidiane Seck: hammond organ (Nostalgie)
Mehdi Haddab: oud (Soninke)
Farhat: violin (Koko, Ta’aba)
Fred Olick: distortion guitar (Ta’aba Radio Mix)

All compositions written by Tom Diakite, Sam Mills and Djanuno Dabo.

Produced by Tama. Recorded by Matt’gineer Moscardo-Saurat. Recorded at Studio de l’Aire, Paris. Track 1 mixed by Rob Keyloch at the Sound Studio, London. Tracks 5, 9, 10 mixed by Tom Diakite and Etev Op at Studio Caracal, Paris. Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 mixed by Arabella Rodriguez and Sam Mills at Red Bus, London.

A Real World Design. Graphic design by Tristan Manco. Photography by Robert Leslie. Introduction by Laurent Briffaux. Lyric translations by Phillipe Chauvin, Tom Diakite and Sam Mills.

All tracks copyright control. Special thanks to Diaby Key, Jean Berger, Famille Sotiqui Kouyate, Mama Tom, Koko Kawanami, Monsieur Ponyatoff, Denis at Cazatronics, Mecatwin, Court House Facilities, LN Technology, Cesar Anot, Paban Das Baul, Rob Keyloch, Marianne Rollet, Susheela Raman, Patrice, Julie, Yusuf, Matthieu, Iyo, and all at Real World.


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Tama Mali

Tama brings together three extraordinary singer-songwriters based in Paris with one maverick Londoner: Tom Diakite and Mamani Keita from Mali; Djanuno Dabo from Guinea; and guitarist Sam Mills. An album of beautiful songs, deep grooves and rich instrumentation that will make your heart melt and your pulse speed. ... more

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