By Massa Dembele
This is the debut album by Burkinabe songwriter Massa Dembele. His music features the ethereal sound of the kamele n'goni harp combined with melodic vocals and indigenous percussion. Massa's powerful lyrics, which were fully translated for this release, express inner turmoil and disillusion with the state of the modern world. With Mezana Dounia, Massa Dembele has crafted an album of neo-traditional Mandinka music (mandingue traditionnelle) that is at once deeply rooted in the region's musical history yet is consciously personal, mobile and modern.
"Four Stars. A very impressive debut from a musician putting his own spin on an ancient tradition." Jim Hickson, Songlines Magazine, UK. Read full review.
"Album Choice. Massa has a voice to die for. Tone quality, expressiveness and emotional variety are the watchwords rather than power." Vic Smith, fRoots Magazine, UK. Read full review.
IZNIZ006. Release date - July 21, 2017