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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the Malian folk band features guest appearances from Majid Bekkas, Afel Bocoum, Abdoulaye Diabate, Casey Driessen, Dom Flemons, Yasel González Rivera, Habib Koite, and Michael League.
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  1. Uncut
    Jan 31, 2019
    80
    As a back-to-the-roots album which at the same time packs a vital contemporary relevance, Mira does everything you could ask and more. [Mar 2019, p.28]
  2. Jan 31, 2019
    80
    Miri is not their most immediately attention-grabbing work. Instead, it is an ornate display of timeless beauty, intricate, colorful, and technical, evoking older West African traditions and a global network of sound along with pristine, modern-day production quality and a brilliant sense of composition and ingenuity.
  3. The Wire
    Apr 3, 2019
    80
    Despite being busy, Miri isn’t crowded. Kouyate has returned to a more acoustic sound after the electrified Ba Power, and his ngoni structures the songs with clarity and poise. [Apr 2019, p.68]
  4. Mojo
    Jan 31, 2019
    80
    In 2019 terms, then, it's a Village Green Preservation Society for people whose village is on the banks of the (alarmingly diminished) Niger River. [Feb 2019, p.91]
  5. 80
    Kouyate’s playing remains at its heart, pulsing, ingenious and spellbinding.
  6. Feb 4, 2019
    80
    Whilst Miri may not have the insistence and urgency of its most recent predecessors, it has a consistently high standard of musicianship and a depth, maturity, subtlety and insight that rewards repeated listening. It is a beautiful collection of music rooted in place, culture, history and ideas.
  7. Jan 31, 2019
    70
    While it lacks the political punch of 2015 album Ba Power, Miri stands on its own as a call for peace, mindfulness and reflection.
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