Soun Soun, La Tradition Mandingue (1998)

"Lanaya is an instrumental trio from Bamako, Mali. They play music rooted in a centuries old tradition, in which the stories and sagas of Mali are musically preserved. The musicians are part of a professional caste, the griots or jalis. From generation to generation the knowledge is passed on; they are the keepers of the culture.

All three Lanaya musicians are from one of the biggest and wellknown griot families, the Diabates... All in their early twenties, Lanaya is the new generation. Within their own culture, this is traditional music still in full development. Each generation adds their own specific style, interpretaion and arrangements. What stands out with Lanaya are their long, narrative improvisations and incredible virtuoso playing."  - Terp Records