Malian Legends Les Ambassadeurs Release "Rebirth" EP on World Village
Available July 10 on World Village is "Rebirth", a new EP from Les Ambassadeurs, who were the flagship band of new African music from the early sixties until the mid-seventies. Their style, mixing ancestral art, salsa, jazz and funk, lit up “world sono”. Originally known as Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako, a talented group put together by a powerful lieutenant in Mali's military government, the musicians became a true creative force in the early 1970s when they were joined by Manfila Kanté and Idrissa Soumaoro, along with their current spokesman and world music star Salif Keita.
The return of this super-group, which officially split up in the late '70s but continued to record occasionally until 1987, symbolizes values of freedom and authenticity encapsulated in a sound: the unchanging, haunting groove of Mandinka pop music. Also, the artists will donate all profits from “Rebirth” to the Salif Nantenin Keita Foundation in Paris and its center in Kouloubléni, Mali where young Albinos - who are feared, despised, rejected and worse in Africa - can find safety, medical care, education and training.
"Salif Keita is the undoubted star, his vocals soaring over an intricate mesh of rhythm from the 14-strong band."
- 4 Stars, The London Times
"A new release from Les Ambassadeurs is cause for celebration...sonically they are wonderful, you can hear so much in them, every percussive nuance, and Salif still pours it on passionately."
"a superb new four-song EP...The epic [track] 1 is here given a breezy treatment...2 is the wild-card, a funky workout with vocal by its author, Idrissa Soumaoro."
- WRIR Richmond, VA