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Markus James | Snakeskin Violin

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Snakeskin Violin

by Markus James

Original deep roots songs recorded in Mali and Mississippi
Genre: World: African- West
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Won't Let It
3:58 $0.99
2. Lonely Mile
2:24 $0.99
3. Are You Ready (Mississippi Daze)
3:38 $0.99
4. Exile Tracks
4:04 $0.99
5. So Much Soul
4:27 $0.99
6. All That You Can't Keep
4:19 $0.99
7. Weather Vane
3:35 $0.99
8. O.M. Boogie
2:40 $0.99
9. Ambience
0:55 $0.99
10. Drivin By
3:45 $0.99
11. Sundown Pearl (Snakeskin Violin Pt 1)
3:38 $0.99
12. X-ray Soul (Hard to Find Pt 1)
2:48 $0.99
13. Heatin Up Now
4:25 $0.99
14. Mystified
3:07 $0.99
15. Soon
2:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Markus James has been recording and performing original, Blues-based music with traditional Malian musicians since 1994, when he first made his way to the village of Niafounke, home of the legendary Sonrai musician Ali Farka Toure. Markus' critically acclaimed Mali-based albums have been warmly received in the US, Europe and Mali, and he was honored to have a track included in the UK compilation "Sahara- Blues of the Desert", alongside such great artists as Ali Farka Toure, Baaba Maal, Yousou N'Dour and Tinariwen. Markus' long-term collaborations in Timbuktu with 3 Malian master musicians is the subject of the award-winning documentary film "Timbuktoubab" ("Excellent" - Global Rhythm), seen on many PBS stations throughout the US.
Markus has performed at the Festival In The Desert 3 times, and in 2007, was invited to perform at the series of Jamal Poi tribute concerts for his friend and inspiration, Ali Farka Toure, in Bamako and Niafounke, which were broadcast on Malian national television.
The UK's fROOTS Magazine called Markus "the unofficial dean of this movement" of up and coming US roots musicians whose focus is the African source.
Markus' new album "Snakeskin Violin" is a kaleidiscopic journey in which fellow travelers appear and vanish, and features collaborations with trance groove Wassoulou hunters in Bamako, a shaman in Timbuktu, old-school drummers in Como, Mississippi, traveling Tamasheks in California, and African Diaspora musicians in the US.

About Snakeskin Violin:

"profound world blues passage... extremely distinctive pieces, driven by a seductive rhythmic circularity that's a keystone of Malian traditional tunes and Delta blues."

"The mix of sounds, instruments, and influences spanning the program is mind-boggling"

"Africa and Mississippi come together..."

"This is an extremely powerful album"
—Ben Manilla, Executive Producer, House of Blues Radio Hour

—Elwood Blues

Markus James’ Snakeskin Violin featured on:
House of Blues Radio Hour
Afropop Worldwide
Blues Deluxe
XM Cafe



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Robert Dyson

Snakeskin Violin
Man, I coulcn't stop smiling as I listened to this CD. I love the way James has re-combined these musical heritages that obviously have a common background but then adapted on different continents. The traditional musicians that back him up sound so good, and the mix of traditional and modern instrumentation seems so appropriate. I got this record yesterday and have listened to it start to finish 4 times, but cut 6, All That You Can't Keep, I've played at least 20 times! This is great stuff if your taste leans toward the adventurous.

Bernez Ollivier

Snakeskin Violin
Even better than Calabash Blues. Great !!!

Rebecca Fogg

Snakeskin Violin
Think of the great joy of two peoples/cultures (who are really one people/culture) uniting after a long separation. Think the Berlin wall coming down...