Released: 13/05/22Two tracks from the album were featured on our 2017 compilation 'The Original
Sound Of Mali' (MRBLP135, still available), and we subsequently released the track
'Nissodia' on its own 12" (MRB12053 & MRB12053NO, both still available) in 2020,
complete with a blistering dancefloor re-edit by Mike D of The Beastie Boys.
'Le Tioko-Tioko' is one of the rarest vinyl albums from the already scarce Malian
vinyl discography, partly as the album was never released commercially, only
independently distributed via the Malian Association for the Blind in Bamako.
Though recorded at Radio Mali under the aegis of master engineer Boubacar
Traoré; the album was originally released in East Germany. The tapes had been
taken by some Malian students to East Berlin as part of a student exchange
program. It was then manufactured and released on the East German state owned
label Eterna with only a few boxes of records being shipped back to Bamako.
A true masterpiece, this legendary LP offers some devastating songs such as
'Djama' (society), 'Nissodia' (joy of optimism), and 'Fama Allah' (an ode to god).
Hypnotic organ riffs and breakbeats convey an unknown funk quality in Malian
music, it now stands as a loving tribute to an unsung Malian golden age. Sadly,
like many of the other now desired and prized vinyl rarities, at the time of release,
it almost immediately disappeared without a trace due to a lack of promotion,
and distribution. So, it feels fitting to share this gem of a record again, and
hopefully it with reach the wider audience it deserved over 45 years ago.
A funky masterpiece packed with organ-driven riffs and incredible drum
A sought-after rarity from the Malian golden age.