Artist Profiles: Daby Touré

Daby Toure - Photo by Nicolas Diop
Daby Toure – Photo by Nicolas Diop

Daby Toure had a rural upbringing in Mauritania, but this first solo album betrays his Senegalese family roots. After touring in support of Peter Gabriel’s Still Growing Up tour, along with appearing at WOMAD 2004 in Reading, England, Toure’s music found a bigger audience.

Touré’s father tried to push him away from music, but Daby snatched secret guitar time, and in 1989 his brothers invited him to join their Toure Kunda band in Paris. Later, Daby formed Toure Toure with his cousin Omar.

Daby writes his own material, and is a virtual one-man band, layering up all of his own guitar, bass and percussion parts. His co-producer and keyboardist is Dufay, whose contributions are always tastefully shaded with sampled loops and echo-percussion, enhances Toure’s sound. Toure made his CD debut with Dufay on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records with the release of Diam (Peace).

In 2007, Daby released Stereo Spirit on Real World Records, and continued to earn praise from international media. Two years later, in 2009, Daby teamed up with African-American bluesman Skip McDonald to record an EP titled Call My Name.

After leaving Real World, Daby signed to Universal Music. His 2012 album, release Lang (u) age saw Daby singing largely in French and led to collaborations with French pop icons Francis Cabrel and Maxime Le Forestier.

Daby Touré returned in 2015 with a new album on Cumbancha titled .

Discography:

Laddé (1999 / USA: Tinder, 2000)
Diam (Real World Records, 2004)
Touré Touré (2006)
Stereo Spirit (Real World Records, 2007)
In session, with Skip McDonald (2008)
Call My Name, with Skip McDonald (2009)
Lang Age (2013)
Amonafi (Cumbancha, 2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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