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Rail Band


The Rail Band, formed in 1970, is one of the most popular groups in the history of Malian music; it was later known as Super Rail Band, Bamako Rail Band or, most comprehensively and formally, Super Rail Band of the Buffet Hotel de la Gare, Bamako. Its fame was built upon the mid-20th century craze for Latin — especially Cuban — jazz music which came out of Congo in the 1940s. The Rail Band was one of the first West African acts to combine this mature Afro-Latin sound with traditional instruments and styles. In their case, this was built upon the Mande Griot praise singer tradition, along with Bambara and other Malian and Guinean musical traditions. Their distinctive sound came from combining electric guitar and jazz horns with soaring Mandinka and Bamabara lyrical lines, African and western drums, and local instruments such as the kora and the Balafon. At their height of fame in the 1970s, the Rail Band played to sold out venues and even stadia across West Africa, and launched solo careers for many of its members, including the legendary vocalist Salif Keita.

  • also known as Super Rail Band (of Bamako); Super Rail Band; Rail Band (Mory Kante & Salif Keita); Super Rail Band de Bamako; Orchestre Rail Band de Bamako; Tounkara, Djélimady & le Rail Band du Mali
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  • albums: "Super Rail Band de Bamako", "Kongo Sigui", "Mansa", "Mali Stars, Volume 1", "New Dimensions in Rail Culture", "Mory Kante & Salif Keita", "Belle époque, Volume 1: Soundiata", "Belle époque, Volume 3: Dioba", "Belle époque, Volume 2: Mansa", "Rail Band"


"Rail Band" is a musical album of Rail Band.

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Google previewThe car builders' dictionary (1906)

an illustrated vocabulary of terms which designate American railroad cars, their parts, attachments, and details of construction, with definitions and illustrations of typical British practice in car construction. Six thousand three hundred and forty-four illustrations. 1906 ed. Comp. for the Master car builders' association by Master Car Builders' Association

Belt Rail Band (Street Cars). An iron band on the outside of a belt rail covering the joint of the latter with the panel. It extends around each corner of the car to the door posts. Belt Rail Cap. 81, Figs. 574-576. A thin strip of wood nailed to the top ...

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