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The last outing for Leni Stern’s African Trio saw the German-born guitarist in Mali, wielding her ngoni in uncompromisingly gritty style.

This time, she is in Dakar, and her guitar playing is looser and jazzier; at the same time, she is backed by the five brothers Faye on sabar drums, and they light an urgent crackling fire under her and the rest of the band, whether the songs are about drought or wrestling.

Leni Stern

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(Leni Stern)

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