DJ Sandji 100% Balani Show

DJ Sandji started djing years ago with cassette decks. He now uses a combination of CDJs, Virtual DJ, and a sampler. The sampler seems to always use the same kit - the one with the whistles and claps, which has evolved to be a signature element of Balani Show (Sandji…

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Supreme Talent Show

Supreme Talent Show, Facebook Danbe by Supreme Talent Show Supreme Talent Show is a Malian duo, Mèlékè Thiathio and MC Waraba. Their music is hard to classify, at least in recognizable Western terms (which may suggest how far the international music scene lags behind). It's bass heavy and the bpms…

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head dance, koumba fri fri

Group Mamelon is a Malian Balani Show outfit taking their name from a hill in Sikasso. Koumba Fri Fri is one of their more popular tracks, recorded in 2010 is an ancient song, updated for the electro age. It translates to "the head dance." The video, like the song, was…

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balani show takeover

In 2012, I traveled to Bamako to research "Balani Shows," sound system block parties with a dancehall vibe that feature Malian electronic music. A frequent occurrence throughout residential neighborhoods (particularly during school vacations) I had stumbled across them over the years but had never paid much attention. Internet research was…

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