Relatively few music fans have heard of Malian bandleader, composer, vocalist, trumpeter, and flutist Sorry Bamba. His output was at the forefront of Malian popular music for decades, and to this date in the 21st century, he is considered one of his nation's cultural ambassadors. Bamba is not a griot, unlike most of the musicians in his country. In fact, he was born a royal into a military family and therefore forbidden to be a musician because of the strict caste system of French colonial Mali. After becoming an orphan at a young age, he was allowed to pursue music, first teaching himself to play flute and later trumpet. His first group, Group Goumbé (essentially himself and percussionists), was popular enough to perform on the radio when Mali won its independence from France in 1960, and was later given the moniker Bani Jazz. Growing his ensemble to include electric guitars, horns, bass, organ, drum kit, and a dancer, he eventually received the honor of leading the Regional Orchestra of Mopti and later the Kanaga Orchestra of Mopti. The recordings of these latter two groups are featured on this stellar collection from Thrill Jockey, curated and compiled by Extra Golden's Alex Minoff and Ian Eagleson with input from Bamba. It includes Bamba's biggest hit, "Yayoroba"; the Dogon anthem "Sayouwé" done in a modern style; the faux primitive boogaloo "Aïssé"; the hard-driving funky "Bayadjouro," with its wailing lead vocal, interlocking electric guitars, and hand drums; and the jazzed-up hypnotic swinger "Porry." Given that this is a first entry, listeners can only hope that the second volume contains more recordings from these two orchestras as well as tracks from Group Goumbé and Bani Jazz. For fans of Malian music in general, and killer proto-African funky jams, this is the authentic article.