Orchestra Gold - II

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Maribayassa 04:05
Once there was a women 
Who could not conceive
 She got up
 And went to see Maribayassa
 So he could give her a child
 After two months
 She became pregnant, 
 But she never danced for Maribayassa! One day her son
 Grabbed a hoe, and headed out to the fields 
but on his way, Maribayassa fell upon him
 He got sick
 He got Malaria
 His intestines started hurting 
Pretty soon, he was on death’s door
 And then, he passed
 His mother got up 
And went to see the fortune teller 
“Oh fortune teller”, she said
 “Tell me what happened to my son!” The fortune teller says Maribayassa killed your son! But the woman doesn't believe her She goes to the magic men, fortune tellers, and sorcerers. 
 Each one tells her the same. 
 Finally, at her wits end, she is told again that Maribayassa took her son back because she didn’t dance. This last, she realizes the mistake she has made She realizes she should have danced She learns her lesson ------Bambara Version--------- 
 Musɔ kɛlɛn sɔrɔla Dɛn ko gɛlɛyara o ma Muso ka wele bɔ Ka taa se yassa so ma O Ka sɔn dɛn kɛlɛnna Kalo kɛlɛn kalo fila Musɔ ye Kono taa A ma yassa don Dondo tileganfɛ sa Dɛn ke ye dabaa taa
A tara senekeforola o na daba nin da yassa binna a kan sumaya l'en a jo ka jolɛn na a nugu y'en dimina sa k'ale be dilan no O baarake saya furɛ di Musɔ ka wele bɔ ka taa se kɔlɔndalaw ma Kui kɔlɔnda musɔ kui i bolo bila kɔlɔn-ni da o no kɔlɔn-ni da na ka kɔlɔn kan fɔ sa Yassa y'i dɛn fa Kɔlɔn ma tiŋɛ fɔ Kɔlɔntigi ma tiŋɛ fɔ Kɔlɔn da langɔlɔn ke Kɔlɔntigi da langɔlɔn ke Musɔ ka wele bɔ ka taa se borontigi ma o na boron-in da namaka boron kan fɔ sa i dafalen yassa la i ma yassa don yassa y'i dɛn fa boron ye tiŋɛ fɔ borontigi ye tiŋɛ fɔ boron da langɔlɔn tɛ borontigi da langɔlɔn tɛ kui kui kui kui kui kui kui kui kui
Mady Gundo 05:27
Mady Gundo, you've come to grace us Mady Gundo, there is no God but God and Mohammed is his prophet
 I will go to the market in Bamako I will buy cloth I will make it clear white color, the color of fresh milk I will give it to my Patron, Mady Gundo Mady Gundo, you've come to grace us He wears his clothes well
 His walk is composed He is generous to the griots Mady Gundo, you've come to grace us
Lefenin 05:06
Whatever money we find will go to buy one fan With this fan we stoke the flames of inspiration for Mali's Youth Malians, worry not My hat's off to Mali's children and all of the citizens of Mali!
Mako Diyara 06:27


Its 1976 and you just stepped inside a smokey club in Bamako, Mali. The air is thick with the gritty analog sounds of funky folkloric music, psychedelic guitar swirling with jazzy horns and hypnotic bass. As the crowd shakes their bell bottoms to the infectious grooves, the singer commands the stage with her soulful vocals and dance moves that give James Brown a run for his money. This is the vibe that Oakland’s own Orchestra Gold creates in their live shows as well as on this latest EP “Orchestra Gold: Vol. II.” Recorded at Guerrilla Studios in East Oakland, Vol. II brings together the powerful vocals of Mariam Diakite with the arrangements and guitar playing of Erich Huffaker, along with an all-star cast comprised of some of the finest musicians from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz. With this latest batch of songs, Orchestra Gold honors the traditions of Malian music while evolving and pushing the music forward by adding their own unique stew of analog rock & psychedelia to the mix.


released November 1, 2019

Mariam Diakite: Vocals and Percussion
Erich Huffaker: Guitar and Arrangements
Luke Baće: Bass
Leila Elizabeth: Conga
Aaron Kierbel: Drum Set
Chris Hoog: Baritone Sax
Luis Andrade: Tenor Sax
David Pedroso Rivera: Kerenye, Percussion


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Orchestra Gold Oakland, California

Fronted by the charismatic Malian singer and dancer Mariam Diakité, Orchestra Gold (OG) plays an original stew of African – inspired rock and soul music. Drawing deeply on Mali’s musical history, OG blends analog, rhythmic dance music together with elements of psychedelic soul. With roots Malian drumming and the deep wisdom of Mariam’s vocals, OG moves audiences from the inside out. ... more

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