21 Jan 2022

Mali

Formation mythique de la musique malienne toujours en activité, le Super Biton National de Ségou. 

A collection of unreleased songs from the Super Biton - Ségou orchestra

'A fantastic collection of work from this legendary group from Bamako – an ensemble who mix together strangely-amplified percussion and well-crafted horn charts – all in a style that offers up their own very unique brand of jazz, and one that's got plenty of West African elements in the rhythms. The sound here is mindblowing – with direction on the group from Amadolu Bah on trumpet, all sorts of incredible solo guitar sounds from Mamadou Sissoko, and vocals from Mmadou Doumbia – blended with more horns, lots of percussion, and often captured with this echoey production style that makes the whole thing sound even more wonderful in the end.' -DustyGroove

'The Super Biton is an orchestra that has exist since the 60s. It is a powerful driving force behind the sounds of many cities in Africa and always incorporate and amplified brass instruments, electric guitars and plenty more. Influences from Cuba can be heard in their work while congas and bongos further deepen the sound and strike a perfect balance between the traditional and the modern. This superb collection of jams across two 12"s in spot-varnished sleeves takes in seductive jazz-tinged rhythms with bigger, funkier beats and plenty in between.' -Juno


The Super Biton has existed since the 60s, like Ségou, its orchestra, the Super Biton has always remained behind what was done in Bamako and in the big cities of Africa. The Ségou orchestra developed and incorporated amplified instruments that mingle with brass, in particular electric guitars, symbols of modernity at the time. It opens up to Cuban music, and congas and bongos complement the sound of the orchestra.

The group drew a unique sound from it, a perfect balance between tradition and the modern. There are about fifteen artits on stage, singers, guitarists, drummer and percussionists. The Super Biton has for years been the best known and most sought-after orchestra of Mali outside the country's borders, the Super Biton transcends the only Bambara heritage with its repertoire. Ségou is a crossroads between Bambara, Fulani, Mandingo and Somono cultures and Biton has drawn on all these traditions to create a repertoire extremely rich in rhythms and words. Some musicians completed their training in Cuba. They play "bambara jazz", incorporating a lot of brass instruments such as saxophone, trumpet, clarinet. The compositions are modern and sophisticated. 

Mieruba Art Center is a place dedicated to the transmission and safeguarding of Malian musical heritage through musical exchange between the older and newer generation - Artist residences, music lessons, rehearsals, Workshops, Masterclasses - and so on. Just as happy former musicians of Mali, the members of Super Biton give lessons on site. It is also the office of the Mieruba-ML label in the same place where Deviation Records is collaborating for the second time on the album - After the « Lost Maestros Collection » - with the support of La Manufacture de Vinyles. Phil of Deviation Records tells: "I am very enthusiastic at the idea of offering you these two volumes of the History of the Super Biton of Ségou, Clique of Super Heroes of sound, a source of inspiration for generations of musicians, DJs and also griots and storytellers of great renown! This double LP compiles the first Chapter of the rich Afro-Jazz-Folk Collection whose tapes have been remastered by Monsieur Jonin and cut at the MB Mastering Studio in Aubervilliers .

The gatefold artwork is conceived by Ewwanuelle Collage and formatted by Bertrand Tondeur, Graphic designer of Les Mouches. All that’sleft to say is that i hope that you enjoy listening to the final result!"

1. Ndossokè 5:49
2. Super Biton 7:07
3. Kamalen Wari 17:38
4. Labamfè 15:54
5. Primpin 4:06
6. Bwabaro 6:34
7. Soumousso Haba 6:15
8. Garan 5:56

Credits
Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Mamadou Diarra
Artwork – Ewwanuelle Collage, Les Mouches
Bass – Mamadou Coulibaly , Zoumana Diarra
Conductor, Trumpet – Amadon Bah
Congas [Tumbas] – Moussa Ouattara
Drums – Dramane Diarra
Guitar [Medium] – Mamadou Guindo
Guitar [Solo] – Mamadou Sissoko
Lacquer Cut By – Mathieu Berthet
Liner Notes – Phil
Remastered By – Raphaël Jonin
Synth – Modibo Diarra
Trumpet – Gagny Diwara
Vocals – Aboubacar Kissa
Vocals, Percussion – Mamadou Doumbia, Toussain Siane