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Na Hawa Doumbia Vinyl, CD & tapes by Na Hawa Doumbia at Norman Records

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Na Hawa Doumbia
La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3

After building its reputation as a music blog par excellence throughout the latter half of the 2000s, Awesome Tapes From Africa greeted the new decade with its first foray into labelhood. AFTA001 was a reissue of Malian singer Na Hawa Doumbia’s 1982 LP La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3. A singer in the same Wassoulou tradition of Oumou Sangaré and Fatoumata Diawara, Doumbia’s piercing voice rings clear atop the propulsive Sahel instrumentals. Numbers like 'Kungo Sogoni' are quite beautiful.