In 1996 it was all worked out that the best musicians from Mali were to fly to Cuba and meet up with the best vocalists from that country to record an album. The Africans never arrived and Buena Vista Social Club sprung up instead.
Now 14 years later Nick Gold gathered the Malians together again and found other Cuban musicians for them to record with and that collaboration gave birth to the album that never was seeing the light finally. Gold was able to line up Eliades Ochoa, Toumani Diabate, Kasse Mady Diabate, and others.
The energy on the album is explosive and the music expressive and passionate. The musicians from different sides of the world mesh together flawlessly. The music of Cuba and Mali, in these greats' hands, seems to have been meant for one another.