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«Je reviens toujours»
Monday, 02.07.2012, 20:20
oh what a night...
Boubacar Traoré (ML)
In the 60's he was twistn' and rockin', in the 80's and 90's it was deep melancholia but now he's with us with his untamed
joie de vivre and the wit and wisdom
of old(er) age.
«Je reviens toujours» could be Boubacar Traoré's guiding leitmotif. Just consider this: Once upon a time in the 60's of the last century there was a musician, who's name was Boubacar «Kar Kar» Traoré who's born in Mali in 1942 and who styled himself after Elvis Presley. Besides that, he was  famous and influential in his own right, bien sur, in fact Mali radio played his «Mali Twist» every morning, imagine that, which invited all citizens to help rebuild the country that had gained independence in 1960.
Our African ElvisChuckB.ChubbyChecker learnt to play the guitar from his brother who studied music in Cuba and his music is an amalgam of the local 'Kassonké' style, Afrocuban Son and AmeriBlues. Incidentally, his nickname is derived from football: 'Karikari' denoted a gifted player who's very much in love with the solitary art of dribbling... Often he was also called «Kar Kar, le blouson noir» for stylishly performing in a black leather jacket. When the Modibo Keïtas government was booted in 1968, our player who had remained in modest circumstances, dropped from the public eye and worked on a farm, as a store owner and tailor. But he kept on performing in private and in a voodoo like miracle, he was resurrected from the near disappeared by a visiting television team and is now back and among Mali's most influential artists of today, on par with Ali Farka Touré, Lobi Traoré and Diabaté Toumani.
In the 60's he was twistn' and rockin', in the 80's and 90's it was deep melancholia but now he's with us with his untamed joie de vivre and the wit and wisdom of old(er) age. Anyone who's never heard his wonderful, heartfelt music now has a unique chance to add to their musical knowledge and even happiness. The great Boubacar will play and dribble into your heart and score, just as he's always done.
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