Kings of Mali

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Kings Of Mali
Live album by Chico Freeman
Released 1978
Recorded September 1977
Genre Jazz
Length 40:21
Label India Navigation
Producer India Navigation
Chico Freeman chronology
Beyond the Rain
Kings Of Mali
The Outside Within
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[2]

Kings Of Mali is a post-bop/avant-garde jazz lp by Chico Freeman on India Navigation Records IN 1035 in September 1977 and released in 1978.[3]

The lp, like many others recorded and produced by India Navigation in New York city, featured many of the top American players in post-bop and avant-garde jazz and features songs inspired by African history and the legacy of African Americans.


Jazz critic Scott Yanow wrote: “(Freeman) stretches out on four of his colourful originals, which are dedicated to the ancient kingdom of Mali."[4]


Inspired by the history of the Empire of Mali, Chico Freeman printed an extensive section of research from “Sundiata Keita and Mansa Kankan Musa, Kings of Mali” on the back of the album jacket.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Look Up" (Freeman) – 11:28
  2. "Minstrels’ Sun Dance" (Freeman)– 7:53
  3. "Kings Of Mali" (Freeman) – 9:56
  4. "IIIas (pronounced “Edjas”)" (Freeman) – 11:04

CD Reissue[edit]

To date, there has been no CD issued of this recording.



  • India Navigation
  • Cover photo: Beth Cummins


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 80. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ India Navigation LP IN-1035
  4. ^ All Music Guide to Jazz –ISBN 0-87930-530-4
  5. ^ India Navigation LP IN-1035 liner notes by Margueritte E. T. Green