Sidi Touré & Friends Sahel Folk

Sidi Touré & Friends Sahel Folk
Like fellow Malian musician Salif Keita, Sidi Touré has experienced much conflict as a member of a noble family who has chosen to live his life as a musician. Descended from Askia kings, Touré has strived to become a leader in Western Africa's songhaï blues, working extensively with musical royalty, family and friends. Sahel Folk sees Touré collaborating in the truest sense, recording tracks outside of the studio setting and in mostly one or two takes. This spontaneity and relaxed nature lend themselves to pieces highlighting many of Mali's musical trends, as guitarists/vocalists Dourra Cisse and the late Jiba Toure (on his last recording) inject their personalities into songs like the Far-/Middle East-influenced "Bon koum" and the nimble, soulful, but complex, "Sinji." Predictably devoid of drumbeats (other than faint sounds of feet tapping) and with the under-developed nature of the recordings, Sahel Folk has managed to represent the more traditional side of Saharan music. (Thrill Jockey)