With the Super Biton de Segou, we literally go back in time we meet in the sixties and seventies : Louis Armstrong in 1960 and Duke Ellington in 1967 during their African tours which marked and gave vocations to countless musicians, the beginnings of amplified music, Radio-Brazzaville and Congolese music influenced by Cuban percussions or the national artistic and cultural biennials which rewarded the best orchestras in Mali. All these crucial elements have enabled Mali to acquire musical orchestras existing under the aegis of the State of Mali which have shone throughout Africa: the Rail Band of Bamako, the Ambassadeurs du Motel, the Goffe Star of Kayes; the Kene Star of Sikasso, the Kanaga of Mopti, the Ensemble Instrumental of Mali, the Mystere Jazz of Tombouctou and of course the Super Biton of Segou.
This second volume of the Afro.Jazz.Folk Collection brings together 11 unreleased vinyl titles recorded by Super Biton between 1970 and 1980. Remastered by Raphael Jonin, these compositions represent the trademark of Super Biton, namely a clever dosed mix with electric modernity and promotion of Bambara cultural heritage while being open to other influences, such as Cuban music for example.
Difficult to find today and selected by the 3 remaining members of the group, Modibo Diarra, Mama Sissoko and Aboubacar Kissa (very recently disappeared), these 11 tracks are a vibrant testimony to the musical effervescence that reigned in Segou and in Mali in these years of overflowing cultural creativity and a tribute to all its talented musicians who crossed the road to Super Biton.