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Just This Once
Amonafi (Once Upon a Time) is a collection of stories by a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Born in Mauritania, raised in Senegal and transplanted to France, Daby Touré has fashioned the strands of his life and musical influences (Afrobeat, folk, pop, soul, jazz) into a sparkling panorama of African identity, exile and migration, sorrows, dreams and—above all—women. His songs are bittersweet and playful, carried by his rich voice, variously described as warm, assertive, acrobatic and ethereal. He sings in West African languages—Wolof, Soninke, Pular and one tongue of his own creation. Oma (Call Me) is both a reggae-toned ballad of immigrant solidarity and the tale of a mother’s cry—inspired by a Romanian woman Touré saw one day begging with her children on a Paris street. Woyoyoye (A Cry) is the lament of a man in love with a beautiful woman who lights up the entire neighborhood when she walks down the street. Lovesickness is also the focus of Little Song: “I can no longer breathe/I no longer sleep at night/My friends don’t recognize me,” he sings, “Should I see a healer to ward off the spell? Other key tracks are the title song, a fable of idyllic Africa upended by slavery; Emma (Mother), in which a disillusioned man recalls maternal advice; and Debho (Women), a tribute to those who carry society on their shoulders. Once upon a time, and multiple times on his fifth album, Daby Touré spins the strands of his life into golden sound.

More people should know his name

One of the most uplifting and fun albums I have ever heard, and although I don't understand any of the words, it is a masterpiece. After hearing this album did I discover that this album had received only one review on here. That's a travesty (despite the review being spot on, beautiful, and informative). Everyone, absolutely everyone, should know this artist's name!


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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Amonafi, Daby Touré
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Sep 18, 2015

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