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Albala

Samba Touré Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Glitterbeat
  • ASIN: B00BEXE39Q
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Fondora 5:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Awn Bè Ye Kelenye 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Idjé Lalo 5:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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'Albala' is a dark, electrified, hypnotic meditation on the current crisis in Northern Mali and the most powerful and emotional album to date by former member of Ali Farka Toure's band, Samba Touré.
When you meet Samba Touré in person, he comes off as a soft-spoken man, a man who easily charms you with his abundant smile and optimistic gait. But on his third album, Albala, which in the Songhai language means 'danger' or 'risk', a weighted and at times defiant side of his personality emerges. To call Albala his darkest album is an understatement, but it is not a self-absorbed darkness. The cause of Touré s worry is the crashing world around him, and
more specifically the troubles echoing out from his beloved northern Mali homeland.
The last year has brought cataclysmic change and upheaval to northern Mali. The tragic details of this have been globally reported, so there is little point in sensationalizing them here. But the cumulative effect of these events on Samba s music seems palatable. There is an added gravity to his voice and his words, an additional sting to his electric guitar; there are sharper edges and more complex undertones in his musical arrangements.
On 'Fondora (Leave Our Road)' Samba sings with indignation:
I say, leave our road/ All killers leave our road/ Thieves leave our road Looters, leave our road/ Rapists, leave our road/ Betrayers, leave our road And on the haunting 'Ago Djamba (Life Betrays Us)' Touré warns: We do not all have the same opportunities/ Here, nobody is born rich but we all have the same value/ Life betrays us.
As a band member, and valued collaborator of the late Malian legend Ali Farka Toure, Samba established a significant reputation, and through his first two solo albums Songhai Blues and Crocodile Blues (World Music Network) his confidence and musical prowess grew proportionately. But Albala is a new flash point. There is more power, there is more grit, the mood is deeper, and aptly, given the album s title, Touré takes more musical risks.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Mali blues takes a darker turn 27 May 2013
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Samba Toure plays Mali blues in a very similar style to the late Ali Farka Toure. He's already had a couple of decent releases on the Riverboat/World Music Network label. Crocodile Blues with it's wonderful guest vocal by Oumou Sangare is the best of these previous releases.
And now comes his first release since things took a turn for the worse inside Mali. The result is still based in the Mali blues style with the main sounds coming from guitar, calabash, n'goni and djembe. What gives this album a different mood is the addition of washes of drone keyboards and electric guitar by Hugo Race. It doesn't dominate the music and it's not in that annoying way of really cheesy keyboards or very obtrusive electric guitar solos. This gives the sound a bit of a darker turn and probably makes it more accessible to western ears. Zoumana Tereta also appears on a few tracks playing the rasping African violin, the Sokou.
My personal taste favours his two previous releases but this is still worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Malian Blues 9 July 2013
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If you liked the Music of Ali Farka Toure, you will also like this Disk. The themes of this CD also take into account the CURRENT Trouble in Mali.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samba Toure' ... 24 July 2013
By R. Kesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Samba Toure' is a shaman, a African desert visionary, dancing on the windblown sands like a ghost from the past, and an emissary from an uncertain future. His muse is enlightenment, his focus is an intoxicating dark pointed blue's riff that spins and spirals, weaving in and out of twilight dust-devils, calling for attention, calling for justice, calling for understanding and bravery of the sort we have seldom seen here in America, where our troubles seem rather mundane and matter of fact.

Alabala means "danger," and when Samba Toure' materializes, he splits the world, shimmers in the darkness, creating a psychedelic atmosphere, conjuring hypnotic grooves laced with inner connecting visions ... and the people don't just come to listen, they come to be healed, they come to dance, they come to dispatch hatred and to establish reason in a world gone wrong, a world where the AK47 challenges the guitar, and religion without reason challenges the moral being of anyone who's voice would stand opposed to sharia law, and the institution of belief.

So to that end, Samba Toure' creates the musical magic of righteousness on the desert floor, and then vanishes into the night like a spirit before the heavily armed Toyota trucks of oppression arrive to find nothing but distant drums and fuzzed guitars hanging in the air like vanishing ghosts ... seen, but not seen, leaving shivers to run up and down your spine.

This album should be part of your life for more reasons than you dare to consider.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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