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TRAX 02.07.19

SALIF KEITA, Un Autre Blanc (Naïve): ***½

A purportedly final album from the legendary Malian artist before he retires to focus on his Foundation for Albinism. Musically, it smoothly blends West African folk melodies and percussion with pop production and guests like Angelique Kidjo. Less soulful and contemplative than 2002’s “Moffou” or 2009’s “La Différence,” it’s pleasing in the way of a social community dance, with mellow rhythms and Keita’s expressively “golden” voice — like velvet rolled in fine sand — bringing people together. Highlights: the hopeful “Syrie,” “Ngamale (featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo).”