Song of the Day: Issa Bagayogo - Ciew Mawele (Adham Shaikh’s Dusty Foot Remix)

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is Ciew Mawele (Adham Shaikh’s Dusty Foot Remix) by Issa Bagayogo from the 2007 compilation Global Dancefloor on Six Degrees.

Issa Bagayogo - Ciew Mawele [Adham Shaikh's Dusty Foot Remix] (MP3)
Although he got his start playing traditional Malian instruments like the six-stringed kamele n’goni, Issa Bagayogo eventually became known as Techno Issa after he met French engineer Yves Wernert and began mixing traditional music with electronic beats. The resulting “Afro-techno” showed Malian musicians a new way, but despite frequent imitation, Techno Issa remains unique on his three albums released on Six Degrees, including the most recent Tassoumakan. Unlike typical remix treatments of traditional music, which tend to overpower the source, Issa Bagayogo and Yves Wernert, along with a host of respected Mali musicians, effortlessly blend African and Western styles, creating a contemporary sound that remains purely West African. Adham Shaikh’s reworking ups the dance quotient a bit more, adding a deeper groove but still maintaining the integrity of the song.

Here’s a video for Issa Bagayogo’s “Dambalou”:

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