Essentially re-calibrates Miles Davis' Bitches Brew for the dance floor.
-- The Music Box
Mali Koura is a giant leap for a singer who has until now been regarded as a minor player. The time has come for us to add one more name to the pantheon of great Malian artists.
-- The Observer (*****)
Simply magnificent and a truly important recording that deserves the widest of exposure.
The agreeable tension between the abrasive roots elements and the overlay of Western production values is what makes this such a resonant listen.
-- The Independent
With Mali Koura, Bagayogo delivers 11 songs that are not only rhythmically compelling, but also stretch his sound in the direction of jazz.
-- New Music Reviews
With Mali Koura Techno Issa takes a quantum leap.
-- AllMusic.com (****)
It's the juxtaposition of [...] European elements with the buzz and clang of the kamalengoni and the polyrhythmic clatter of African percussion that makes this album so compelling.
The hate reviews -
[...] put me into a sleep where I dreamed that this was a transitional record to a mature phase. Then I woke up and thought a transition anywhere might be desirable.
-- Pop Matters
Crucially, too many of Wernhert and fellow keyboard player/guitarist Gael Le Billan's contributions sound like generic noodling.
-- All About Jazz