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Samba Touré Tops the September 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart

Wande (The Beloved), the album by Malian musician Samba Toure tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in September 2018.

We had a totally different album in mind,” Touré said, “a return to something more traditional, almost acoustic. I think this album is less dark than the previous ones. It has some sad and serious songs, but it sounds more peaceful. All the first takes have been kept, I didn’t re-record any guitar lines, the first takes are the one you can hear on the album. There are less overdubs than in previous albums, we didn’t try to polish or make anything perfect, it gives a more natural feeling.”

2. Ammar 808 – Maghreb United – Glitterbeat
3. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
4. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
5. SANS – Kulku – Cloud Valley
6. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
7. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
8. Vigüela – A Tiempo Real – ARC Music
9. Chancha Vía Circuito – Bienaventuranza – Wonderwheel
10. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu

11. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
12. Red Baraat – Sound the People – Rhyme & Reason
13. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
14. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
15. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
16. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique
17. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares – Dos Gigantes de la Música Cubana – Tumi
18. Arat Kilo, Mamani Keïta, Mike Ladd – Visions of Selam – Accords Croisés
19. Yossi Fine & Ben Aylon – Blue Desert – Blue Desert
20. Grupo Mono Blanco – ¡Fandango! Sones Jarochos de Veracruz – Smithsonian Folkways


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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