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Salif Keita is one of the most recognizable names in contemporary African music, with a recording career that stretches back nearly fifty years. Originally from Mali, Keita rose to international prominence after moving to Paris in 1984, and he recorded the song “Souareba” for the LP Soro, which was a major success in 1987. In Keita’s hands, the song is intelligent Afro-Pop at its best, and a showcase for the leader’s brilliant vocals, but nearly hidden under the layers of sound is a simple, stunning melody that is carried by the backup singers. This arrangement adds a bass line and B section not heard in Keita’s version, played in D in drop-D tuning (D-A-D-G-B-E).