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A listenable blend

Ni Kanu
Ni Kanu
By Kante Manfila

EMI Records: 1995

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This review first appeared in the September 1, 1995 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

Guitarist/singer Kante Manfila is one of the most popular musicians in Africa today. A founding member of the popular Les Ambassadeurs du Motel in the 1970s, on his latest release Manfila continues his blending of different West African traditions into a melodic, accessible mix.

Taking themes and styles from his native Guinea, and his adopted Mali and Ivory Coast, he also uses Western synthesizers for a sound that is both familiar and exotic to American ears. His songs' lyrics tackle contemporary issues facing Africa as it tries to rush to modernity.