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Friday January 03, 2014

From Broadway World

Habib Koite to Return to the US for Three-Month Tour; Album SOO Set for 2/25 Release

With all the turmoil that has hit Mali since singing guitar master Habib Koité‘s last recording, it is no wonder that his February 25, 2014 release, titled Soô (which translates to Home in English), was recorded in his own home. But the civil strife in Mali was not what drove the musician to do his first home recording. The real reason simply was-just like many other established musicians-because he could. What started as a logistical decision paved the way for the album’s theme.

For a musician, on the road for long stretches, home becomes a dream, a vision. A place to treasure. But this home is much more than four walls. It’s a chance to draw together all the strands of his life – his music, his friends, his countrymen. A chance to breathe, to reflect, and to make some changes.

“On this album most of the songs are played by new musicians,” Koité explains. “I had the same band for 22 years, they played on all my albums and tours everywhere in the world. All my albums, I did with them.” It was time for fresh blood; only bassist Abdul Berthe remains from the old lineup. Even the engineers were new – one of them Koité‘s twenty-year-old son.

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