Alu Maye (2007)

by Leni Stern

'Alu Maye (Have You Heard)' features four original tracks written and performed by Leni Stern, Bassekou Kouyate, Ami Sacko and Haruna Samake. The EP also features a cover of Bob Dylan's 'It Ain't Me Babe'.

The EP juxtaposes Stern's trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists and singers. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Stern has discovered her surest artistic footing in the sahel and savanna of Africa. AllMusic's Thom Jurek has described Stern as "a musician of uncommon caliber and vision" -- her new EP is sure to validate such an assertion.

all songs by leni stern, bassekou kouyate and ami sacko
except it ain’t me babe by bob dylan
leni stern - guitars and vocals
ami sacko - vocals
mah soumano and dally kouyate - backing vocals
bassekou kouyate - jelli n'goni
omar kouyate - n'goni
moussa sesoko - n'goni
andara kouyate - n'goni bas
haruna samake - camelagoni
moussa bah - tama and jembe
alu couliba - calabas
djelibah diabate - dun dun superimpose
michael brecker - tenorsax on ‘ousmane’ and ‘saya’
michael stern - guitar solo on ‘ite ta ninye’
deron johnson - fender rhodes on ‘my name is oumou’
recorded march 2006 at moffou in bamako, mali
by jean lamoot, assisted by abu cisse
additional recording and mix in new york city, usa
by dick kondas
special thanks to michael stern and salif keita