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Album Review

Daby Toure, formerly a member of the band Toure Toure (his father was a member of Toure Kunda), grew up in Mauritania, Mali, and Senegal, but it's Western music that's formed him, from Dire Straits to Michael Jackson. But don't think he has no roots. There's a pan-West African sensibility running through his solo debut. He's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing virtually everything on the record, with picked guitar the main instrument behind his soaring, airy vocals. There's an immediate warmth to his style, with layered vocals, and subtle keyboard work and programming from Cyrille Dufay, who provides an understated backup to Toure. But while his writing and playing are excellent, it's Toure's voice which is the stunner here. Reminiscent of Baaba Maal or Salif Keita, he can climb effortlessly through the octaves. And even though the lyrics aren't in English, he's enough of an artist to put across a sensibility, as on the lovely "Mi Wawa." His sense of home is apparent throughout, but not in a homesick manner, although he's lived in Paris for many years. It's simply who he is. On the basis of this, a record that's decidedly African but with a wide Western appeal, Daby Toure has the makings of a major star.


Born: 1970 in Djeole, Boutilimit, Mauritania

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

b. c. 1970, Djeole, Boutilimit, Mauritania. The son of an itinerant musician, Hamidou Touré, Daby spent his early life in Senegal and Mauritania. In 1989, now in his late teens he accompanied his father to Paris, France, where Hamidou was joining his brothers’ band Touré Kunda. This prompted Daby to also choose a career in music and with a cousin, Omar Touré, he formed Touré Touré. Basing his music in the traditional sounds of his homeland, Touré, who writes many of the songs he sings, developed...
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