Na Hawa Doumbia, ‘La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol. 3′ (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Awesome Tapes From Africa is a hip blog with a semi-touristy name that belies its high quality. This — from Mali, circa 1982 — is its first release as a label. Guitars and keyboards argue about key; drums have a fridge-box vibe. Together, they play solemn and hypnotic — proper accompaniment for a frontwoman who chatters like she’s having a conversation with someone offstage. Like everything on ATFA, it’s a suggestive footnote: If this got lost, what else?