small cover image Sidi Toure - Alafia
Format: LP
Label: Thrill Jockey Notify Me ( ? )
Price: $17.00

LP version. Includes 8-page booklet, plus download code. "Touré deals with the strife and political instability plaguing his home region using the effortlessly broad musical language he's internalized since his youth. Regional styles, including takamba, holley, and abarbarba (the butcher's dance), along with his longtime interest in international music, form the underpinning to Touré's lyrical ode to his country. Recorded between two locations -- Nantes, France and Bamako, Mali -- during what has become the most contentious political impasse for Mali since the country's independence decades ago, Alafia mirrors the dramatic nature of the situation. Backed by this band of young talented musicians, who have joined him on severals tours, he invited friends from the North to participate to this album: the singer Leïla Gobbi, the kolo player Berté Ibrahim, and the rising star guitarist (and Touré disciple) Baba Salah. Touré also opens his music to Malian traditions outside the Songhaï realm with the n'goni virtuoso Abdoulaye Koné aka Kandiafa and the legendary Fula flute player Cheick Diallo."

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