Remarkable Malian Blues with Tama

Samba Touré – Wande (Glitterbeat, 2018)

Wande showcases the talent and innovation of Malian guitarist and vocalist Samba Touré. On Wande, Touré to return to a more traditional, acoustic sound. It’s a delight for guitar fans and lovers of what has been called desert blues, the music of northern Mali, Niger, Mauritania and the Western Sahara.

What sets Touré’s music a part is his use of traditional instruments such as the tama, the talking drum that plays a leading role throughout the album. Touré dedicated a love song to his wife in the title cut and also celebrates the late Zoumana Tereta, the musician that participated in many of his recordings playing the soku, a Wasulu fiddle. Zouman appears in the form of some samples of his performances.

 

 

Although the focus is on a more acoustic sound, the album still has fine examples of electric guitar, including ventures into blues rock, with few overdubs. Overall, Wande has a trance-like feel with repetitive laid back sections, superb solos and fiery electric guitar parts.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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