Album Review: Yaya Diallo – ‘Kachii: Traditions to Traditions’

Certainly, listeners are in for something different when they hit play on Yaya Diallo’s latest record, Kachii: Traditions to Traditions. But, is it worth the listen?

Kachii: Traditions to Traditions Takes Listeners on a Spiritual Journey

Right out of the gate, it’s worth saying that Yaya Diallo’s latest record isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. With simplified instrumentation and a similar recording style, this record can best be described as natural.

And in that regard, the minimalistic approach certainly works for those that like this sort of music. Kachii is simplistic, meditative, and spiritual in all the ways one might expect – with soothing instrumentation and various chanting to boot. And nowhere are those elements more clear than on the album’s opening track, Kachi Zie.

Kachii Promotes a Mood of Introspection

Even if this style of music isn’t typically in your rotation, it’s hard not to get caught up in the soothing vibes Yaya Diallo showcases. By default, this record will put you in a more relaxed state the longer you listen to it.

And it’s not a stretch to say that by the end of the record, you will be considerably more centered than you were as a listener in the beginning. Meanwhile, the assortment of instruments on this album will indeed make one take notice.

In addition to various instruments one might expect, like violin, cello, and flute, there are other instruments that casual listeners may not expect. And some of these include the balafon, djembe, and talking drum.

Yaya Diallo - Kachii: Traditions to Traditions
Yaya Diallo – Kachii: Traditions to Traditions – used with permission

Kachii is Not for Everyone

Even though it’s commendable that Yaya Diallo showcases his music from the Minianka culture of south-eastern Mali, it’s hard to imagine this style of music appealing to casual listeners outside of this culture.

There’s also the fact that this record is entirely instrumental. And while there are certainly beautiful melodies captured on Kachii, the crossover, global appeal is certainly lacking. Because, even though there are various things like chanting on the record, unless you’re familiar with the language and the culture, listeners, by and large, won’t be able to grasp the message.

Indeed, there’s no denying that Yaya Diallo has put together a beautiful record with Kachii. However, he may be hard-pressed to find an extensive listening base outside of his native audience.

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