The Istanbul-based blog Undomondo has these kinds words to say about Dununya:
One of the best african music albums we missed last year was Famoro Dioubate’s Dununya.... Lots to discover here from laidback grooves to infectious dance rhythms, telling traditional stories in contemporary ways.
Listening to the eleven tracks on Dununya – which means ‘the world’
–cellos, saxophones and electric bass guitars can be heard interweaving
with the traditional textures of the balafon and wooden flutes. The
fusion of Western and African styles is never jarring as the respect
that each musician has for his fellow players is easily heard. There is
a lot of space in the music and each musician’s part fits seamlessly
into the lilting grooves that Diabate’s balafon creates. It is
difficult to pick a standout track on the disc as each composition
flows into the next, making for a relaxing listening experience. The
tunes on Dununya aren’t likely to get anyone on their feet and starting
a revolution, but that’s not what Kakande are trying to do. The music
is restorative and quietly uplifting. Much cheaper than a night out at
the bar -it’s a perfect album to listen to after a hard day at work.
Put it on. Before the first song is finished, you’ll feel like a new
So, listening to Dununya will save you money— you don't need to spend as much money at your local bar... but we encourage you to support your local businesses, whatever they are.
Not many musicians can claim an 800-year musical legacy as balafon master Famoro Dioubate can. From one of the most prestigious families of griots (musician/storytellers) in Guinea, Dioubate is a guardian of traditions dating back to the 13th century in the ancient Mandé Empire. Named for his small ancestral village, Dioubate’s ensemble Kakande is an extension of the musical lineage that he knew back home. Kakande’s new album Dununya, on Jumbie Records bridges this near millennial tradition to modern audiences.
As legend holds, the balafon (xylophone) appeared magically in the forest almost a thousand years ago where it was discovered and guarded jealously by mighty sorcerer-king Sumanguru Kante. Eventually it was re-conquered by the founder of the Mandé Empire, Sundiata Keita, who bequeathed it to his griot, Bala Fasseke Kouyate to play and protect.