Arts Desk

Cherkis on Yaala Yaala

In Sunday's Washington Post, Jason Cherkis checks in again with Jack Carneal, the Malian music enthusiast and label owner of Baltimore's Yaala Yaala.

Cherkis and I tackled Carneal's first trio of recordings almost a year ago in City Paper ("Griot Grand" and "Interview with Jack Carneal").

Now Carneal's got a fourth Yaala Yaala disc, a self-titled release from Yoro Sidibe, a Malian hunter and musician who is "around 70." The album came out last week.

According to Drag City, the Chicago label that distributes Yaala Yaala, "the grooves are as uplifting as any pep talk could be. They’re low and hypnotic — and after an hour of them shaking and rattling, you too will be loose and ready for what may."

Given that there's no music on Yaala Yaala's MySpace page, we'll just have to take their word for it.

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  • curm

    Nice Cherkis article. It's good to see that no matter how difficult it is, Carneal is now trying to give credit to specific musicians.

  • Amanda Hess

    Nice Cherkis article, sure, but "Mr. Mom"? Tisssssskkkk!