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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 7 out of 24

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  1. Mar 26, 2017
    10
    Aggressive album from Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. While maintaining Malian tradition, Kouyate & Ngoni Ba expand their musical horizons while addressing complex religious and political issues in Mali.

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Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
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  1. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Kouyate has recorded more consistent albums than this but, as a statement of defiance, Jama Ko could be his most important work.
  2. May 29, 2013
    70
    Jama Ko is, for twelve of its thirteen songs, political in the best way, using a deeply focused aesthetic both to engage with and as a momentary escape from the social environment which produced it.
  3. Apr 29, 2013
    80
    Ngoni Ba was already remarkable for its plucked, pointillist modal grooves, and on Jama Ko, its passionate defense of Malian culture makes the music even sharper.