Review - Fôly! Live Around the World

Artist: Habib Koite and Bamada


Guitarist Koité embodies much of what's great about Malian music. His deft ability to segue from gentle beauty like the meditative "Sirata" into the subtle, groove-oriented pop of "Batoumambe" speaks to the easy diversity of the music from this West African country. Koité's light finger-picking style is more atmospheric than melodic and much of the forward motion on this excellent double-disc live set comes from his rhythm section, which, like most groups from Mali, is more focused on complementing the overall vibe of the music than on locking into a forceful, percussive attack.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.