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A Curva da Cintura by Toumani Diabaté
Released: Jun 2012
Label: Mais Um Discos
We're big enough to admit when we've screwed up, and boy did we by not getting to this fantastic collabo sooner. Perennial innovator Toumani Diabaté cozies his considerable cross-cultural skills up to Brazilian guitarist Edgard Scandurra and poet/singer Arnaldo Antunes. We get silky kora waterfalls, Antunes' grave basso, salty slabs of blues, flowing psychedelia that veers between samba and Sgt. Pepper, dramatic hacienda western. It's a dizzying ride at times, but you won't mind with head-spinning tracks like the fierce, revamped flamenco "Cara" or the gorgeously melancholic "Coração de Mãe."
Rachel Devitt

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