Idrissa Soumaoro, L'Eclipse de L'I.J.A.'s sought-after album 'Le Tioko-Tioko' was originally released in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1978 and has been a long-time favourite at Mr Bongo. Two tracks from the album were featured on our 2017 compilation 'The Original Sound Of Mali' (MRBLP135), and we subsequently released the track 'Nissodia' on it's own 12" (MRB12053) in 2020, complete with a blistering dancefloor re-edit by Mike D of The Beastie Boys. 'Le Tioko-Tioko' is one of the rarest vinyl albums from the already scarce Malian vinyl discography, partly as the album was never released commercially, only independently distributed via the Malian Association for the Blind in Bamako. Though recorded at Radio Mali under the aegis of master engineer Boubacar Traoré; the album was originally released in East Germany. The tapes had been taken by some Malian students to East Berlin as part of a student exchange program.
Out 13 MAY 2022...
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