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Issa Bagayogo 

When: Fri., July 24, 8 & 11 p.m. 2009
Price: $30

Having released four albums with Six Degrees Records, Malian singer IssaBagayogo very much hews to current trends in world music, i.e., the blending of folkloric and modern elements. What makes his music interesting, though, is how much it resembles vintage bluegrass and old blues. Bagayogo plays a six-string West African instrument called the kamelen'goni, which could easily be mistaken for a banjo on first listen. He sings in Malian and uses some complex polyrhythmic grooves, but the texture and tone of his songs recall American roots music of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. A three-person vocal course helps round out the tunes on his latest release, Mali Koura, which mixes fast-paced, danceable tunes with hypnotic ballads. IssaBagayogo graces OaklandYoshi's(510 Embarcadero) on Friday, July 24, with Afro-Peruvian band Novalima. 8 & 11 p.m., $30. Yoshis.com


— Rachel Swan

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