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Music Releases (more headlines) 03-11-2013

SAHARA SPIRIT

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Sahara Spirit by Banning Eyre
Sahara Spirit blends Toure’s razor-sharp arrangements of Songhai traditional pieces with his own compositions. Toure sings with plaintiveness and warmth, while his guitar playing–mostly acoustic on these tracks–is on fire. The songs range from simple, spare offerings of Toure on guitar and vocal (the slow-blues flavored “Aiganda”) to full-on, large ensemble works, such as the mesmerizing opener, “Maiga et Toure,” honoring major Songhai families. This song, and “Humaisa,” both work with the famous takamba dance rhythm, a magically polyrhythmic universe. Toure brings in a variety of support musicians, including stalwarts of New York’s African music community, such as talking drum virtuoso Idrissa Kone, one-string-lute (molo) player Housseini Chipkaou, and ex-Fela Kuti drummer Jojo Kuo, who really kicks out the jams on the most driving numbers, “Tandina,” “Anine Kaina,” and “Bahunai (The Art of Living).”
By Bannig Eyre Afropop.orgSahara Spirit

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