Sorry Bamba

A pivotal figure in the history of Malian music, Sorry Bamba was a popular and influential musician whose work bridged the gap between Mali's cultural traditions and the new freedoms of the post-Colonial era. Bamba was born in 1938 in Mopti, a city crossed by the Niger and Bani rivers and known for its cultural diversity. Bamba's father was a distinguished veteran of Emperor Samory Touré's military and a nobleman in Malian society; however, this meant young Sorry was forbidden to make music, as under the nation's caste system, music was an art form reserved for the Griots. However, the death of Sorry's parents was he was ten threw his life into chaos, and he found solace in music, initially teaching himself to play a simple six-holed flute. In his teens, he developed a taste for a rich variety of music -- traditional Malian music, highlife from Ghana, local accordion master Toumani Touré, Corsican vocalist Tino Rossi, and Luis Mariano, a singer from Spain's Basque country -- who would influence his later work. In 1957, Bamba formed his first band, Group Goumbé, named for a dance style then popular along the Ivory Coast; the band featured Bamba on trumpet, an instrument he was still teaching himself to play, and a handful of percussionists. Group Goumbé developed a loyal youth following through aggressive self-promotion, and after Mali gained its independence from France, Bamba and his group benefited from a new openness toward local music on the state-run radio network Radio Mali. Group Goumbé evolved into a more sophisticated ensemble, Bani Jazz, whose ambitious music was married to lyrics influenced by folk tales of the Dogon people. As Mali established nation-wide Youth Week competitions to give music and dance troupes an opportunity to show their talents, Bani Jazz and Bamba's later ensemble, the Kanaga Orchestra, won three biennial trophies as Mali's best band (in 1976, 1978, and 1980), and their fusion of Latin jazz, Western R&B and funk, and traditional Malian styles made them a favorite across the nation. Bamba was also the director of a dance troupe in Mopti as well as a second group strictly devoted to traditional music. As Mail's national support of music fell to the wayside, Bamba relocated to Paris in the '90s, where he continues to write and record music. In 2011, the American independent label Thrill Jockey Records released Sorry Bamba, Vol. 1: 1970-1979, a collection of classic recordings from Bamba's back catalog compiled with the participation of the artist himself.
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Sorry Bamba Discography Tracks


Sorry Bamba Du Mali* Sorry Bamba Du Mali (Album) Songhoï Records France 1976 Sell This Version
Sorry Bamba Sorry Bamba Du Mali (Album) Songhoï Records France 1977 Sell This Version
Sory Bamba Du Mali* Sory Bamba Du Mali (Album) Sonafric France 1979 Sell This Version
SP 003 Sory Bamba Du Mali* S.P. Presente Sory Bamba Du Mali(LP, Album) Sacko Production SP 003 Ivory Coast 1982 Sell This Version
Sorry Bamba Du Mali* Le Tonnerre Dogon (Album) Bolibana Productions France 1987 Sell This Version
CDS 6844 Sorry Bamba Du Mali* Hamdallaye(CD, Album) Sonodisc CDS 6844 France 1995 Sell This Version
5325962 Sorry Bamba Dogon Blues(CD) Classics & Jazz France, Universal Music France 5325962 France 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SON 824 Sorry Bamba Sanata - Aminata(7", Single) Songhoï Records SON 824 Mali 1977 Sell This Version
ST 3 Sorry Bamba Sorry Bamba(7", EP) Star (4) ST 3 Ivory Coast Unknown Sell This Version
DAD 833 Sorry Bamba Serre / Kelai Magni / Bravo Mimos / Manou(7", EP) Djima Records DAD 833 Ivory Coast Unknown Sell This Version
DAD 800 Sorry Bamba Djelimango(7") Djima Records DAD 800 Ivory Coast Unknown Sell This Version


Kante Manfila Vs. Sorry Bamba Kante Manfila Vs. Sorry Bamba - Clash Mandingue (Comp) Oriki Music France 2008 Sell This Version
Sorry Bamba Volume One 1970 - 1979 (Comp) Thrill Jockey US 2011 Sell This Version