ALBUM REVIEW: Sidi Touré – Afrik Toun Mé | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 11.09.20






Sidi Touré is one of Mali’s most coveted musicians. His dynamic and emotive voice has found him great acclaim in collectives and as an artist in his own right, and his lean, incisive playing is instantly recognizable within the context of his peers.

On this record he is joined by virtuoso guitarist Mamadou Kelly and calabash player Boubou Diallo, blending parables and tales of inspiration that honour courage and resilience in the face of trial and tragedy. What’s instantly striking is how remarkable the guitar playing on this record is, optimising and intertwining with Touré’s voice. Centrepiece Tchaw Yan taps into the powerfully transformative nature of this; indeed the record is lean and consistent throughout. A truly mesmerising trip.


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