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#TrackOfTheDay: “454” by Jam Nation

from Burkina Faso, Canada, UK (1993)

Jam Nation: Way Down Before Buffalo Hell

One of the lovely things among many lovely things about Real World Records was their tendency to get a bunch of diverse musicians in a room and let them spend some serious time coming up with songs together. One of the results of this was 1993’s Way Down Below Buffalo Hell, the only release from the group known as Jam Nation. Many, many musicians threw down on the various tracks, but this track has vocals by Daniel Lanois & Gary Dyson, drums by Dave Barbarosa, and Baba Diarra & Bakari Traoré on balafon.

What’s a balafon? I didn’t know. Luckily, I found a video in which artist Famoro Dioubate answers that.