New Mix: Kishi Bashi, Toumani Diabaté, Madi Diaz, More : All Songs Considered All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including an uplifting piece from Kishi Bashi, the Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté, the return of Gem Club and more.

Featured Artists And Songs:
1. Kishi Bashi: "Wait for Springtime," from Emigrant EP
2. Gem Club: "Spirit & Decline" (Single)
3. Red Ribbon: "Renegade," from Planet X
4. Madi Diaz: "New Person, Old Place" (Single)
5. Montparnasse Musique: "Panter," from Montparnasse Musique
6. Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra: "Mamadou Kanda Keita," from Kôrôlén
7. Witch Camp (Ghana): "Left To Live Like an Animal," from I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be
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Clockwise from upper left: Kishi Bashi, Gem Club, Madi Diaz, Montparnasse Musique, Toumani Diabaté. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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On this week's All Songs Considered, we hear from some old favorites — first from Kishi Bashi, who looks behind the clouds to bring us hope with the song "Wait for Springtime," then from the artist known as Gem Club, who has their first new music in seven years. The song, called "Spirit & Decline," is a beauty.

Nashville-based songwriter and singer Madi Diaz wrote a piece of music full of good advice for all (including, she says, herself) about moving beyond the past. It's called "New Person, Old Place." And the Los Angeles artist Emma Danner, who makes music as Red Ribbon, has written a song on trying to get beyond people's preconceived notions of her identity by traveling, only to realize that wherever you go, there you are.

I've also got three selections from Africa, including a collaboration between Algerian-French producer Nadjib Ben Bella and South African DJ Aero Manyelo, and the master kora player Toumani Diabaté with The London Symphony Orchestra. On the other end of the spectrum, I close with one of the saddest records I've heard, recorded at what are called "witch camps" in Ghana. The album title says a lot, I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be, but the song title says it all, "Left To Live Like an Animal."


1. Kishi Bashi: "Wait for Springtime," from Emigrant EP

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2. Gem Club: "Spirit & Decline" (Single)

3. Red Ribbon: "Renegade" from Planet X

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4. Madi Diaz: "New Person, Old Place" (Single)

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5. Montparnasse Musique: "Panter," from Montparnasse Musique

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6. Toumani Diabaté & The London Symphony Orchestra: "Mamadou Kanda Keita," from Kôrôlén

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7. Witch Camp (Ghana): "Left To Live Like an Animal," from I've Forgotten Now Who I Used To Be

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