The seventh release from Kanaga System Krush. A Fair Trade World Music label featuring Traditional and Contemporary West African musicians. We have been recording in Mali the last four years. Our label is dedicated to preserving Traditional music from Mali. We have raised the bar in field recording with professional multi track digital recordings, which are then mixed at one of the top recording studios in Northern California. At the same time, we are all over the modern music scene playing, studying,and recording. We feel this gives us a fresh more inside perspective for producing Traditonal and Contemporary music from some of Mali's most talented artists. Lobi Traore was born in 1962 in Segou Bakaridiara in the province of Farako, just behind the river Niger. His father was a great Komo singer, and his uncle was a traditional violin player. Lobi's father gave up Komo singing to become an Imam (muslim priest), for if one wishes to study Islam, it is forbidden to be a part of a secret society associated with animist traditions. Lobi started playing shakers at a young age at local weddings and his talent was immediately noticed. During his teenage years, while studying timbales, he saw another man playing an acoustic guitar and was immediately struck by it's beautiful sound. He was soon spending all his time playing. Lobi is the creator of an amazingly unique mix of blues and African music. He has been living in Bamako for fifteen years and can be found playing at clubs many nights of the week. Lobi has played in many European countries, Canada, Mozambique, South Africa and all of the countries of West Africa. His music has been recognized by many blues aficionados from around the world for it's gritty, powerful soul.