Amonafi Daby ToureWith his wining mix of African rhythms and Western pop sensibilities, Touré has produced a set of songs that should be enjoyable, wherever you live.

Label: Cumbancha
Time:  13 tracks / 40 mins.

Touré has made a strong impression on music critics over the last decade and this fresh, airy release shows why.  

With his wining mix of African rhythms and Western pop sensibilities, the multi-lingual Touré – who comes from Mauritania, but spent some years in France – has produced a set of songs that should be enjoyable, wherever you live. 

Nine of its thirteen tracks come in at under three minutes and fifteen seconds, leaving the listener hungry for more of these catchy tunes.

He has created such a charming acoustic atmosphere in the first three songs that I almost resented the comparatively lively electric feel of “Oma” when it first appeared, but by the middle of the song, I was very happy for its breezy reggae rhythms to carry on.

Touré’s voice has been described as ‘heavenly.’ While that may a bit strong, he is very easy on the ear and this collection is great music to drive to.

Despite a couple of English titles, none of the songs are sung in English, but that doesn’t matter. The music itself connects, whether the harmonies and chiming guitar of “Kiba;” the bouncy vocal riff in “Emma;” the South African styled “Khone;” or “Debho,” where the rippling guitar sounds heavily influenced by 1980s dance music (African Bee Gees, anyone?).

And the language barriers won’t stop you singing “Woyoyoye”!

EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFRg9reGjtg

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Derek Walker
http://walkerwords.wordpress.com

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