Samba Touré • Albala
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
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Samba Touré • Albala×
When you meet Samba Touré in person, he comes off as a soft-spoken man, a man who easily charms you with his abundant smile and optimistic gait. But on his third album, Albala, which in the Songhai language means “danger” or “risk”, a weighted and at times defiant side of his personality emerges. To call Albala his darkest album is an understatement, but it is not a self-absorbed darkness. The cause of Touré’s worry is the crashing world around him, and more specifically the troubles echoing out from his beloved northern Mali homeland.
The last year has brought cataclysmic change and upheaval to northern Mali. The tragic details of this have been globally reported, so there is little point in sensationalizing them here. But the cumulative effect of these events on Samba’s music seems palpable. There is an added gravity to his voice and his words, an additional sting to his electric guitar; there are sharper edges and more complex undertones in his musical arrangements.
On “Fondora (Leave Our Road)” Samba sings with indignation:
I say, leave our road/ All killers leave our road/ Thieves leave our road
Looters, leave our road/ Rapists, leave our road/ Betrayers, leave our road
And on the haunting “Ago Djamba (Life Betrays Us)” Touré warns: We do not all have the same opportunities/ Here, nobody is born rich but we all have the same value/ Life betrays us.
As a band member, and valued collaborator of the late Malian legend Ali Farka Touré, Samba established a significant reputation, and through his first two solo albums Songhai Blues and Crocodile Blues (World Music Network) his confidence and musical prowess grew proportionately.
But Albala is a new flash point. There is more power, there is more grit, the mood is deeper, and aptly, given the album’s title, Touré takes more musical risks.
Recorded at Studio Mali in Bamako, in the autumn of 2012, Samba is joined by his regular band members Djimé Sissoko (n’goni ) and Madou Sanogo (congas, djembe) and guests such as the legendary, master of the soku (a one-stringed violin) Zoumana Tereta and the fast-rising Malian neo-traditional singer Aminata Wassidje Traore. Additionally, Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, Dirtmusic, Fatalists) contributes an array of subtle atmospherics on guitar and keyboards.
On the opening song, “Be Ki Don”,Samba sings: “Everybody welcomes Samba Touré.”
With an album as soulful and captivating as Albala, that might not be an over-statement.
March, 07th 2014
Aminata Wassidjé Traoré 's album 'Tamala' is released
Aminata Wassidjé Traoré is a rising voice in Mali. Tamala is her debut album, recorded in Bamako and is considered a neo-traditional album in the context of the Malian music scene: it is rooted in northern folk musical traditions, but arranged in a contemporary way and mixes drum programming and synthesizers with the lute like kurbu and the sokou, a one-string violin. Hints of Hip Hop and electronic dance music sit side by side with the pentatonic sounds of the interior Niger river delta.
Listen to her song 'Un Jour'
March, 03rd 2014
Aziza Brahim's new album 'Soutak' is #1!
Aziza Brahim's new album 'Soutak' is on the top of the World Music Charts Europe. Once a month radio-Worldmusic-specialists from 24 European countries select their individual top ten favorites out of current Worldmusic releases. Congratulations Aziza!
February, 24th 2014
Dirtmusic's new video
Here's Dirtmusic's new video for the song 'Red Dust' featuring Samba Touré from the upcoming album 'Lion City'. The album will be out on March, 28th.
February, 20th 2014
Tamikrest's new video
Tamikrest's video for the song 'Djanegh Etoumast' from their album 'Chatma' is now available on YouTube. The video was filmed during the Festival du Sahel in Senegal.
February, 07th 2014
Aziza Brahim's new album 'Soutak' is released!
The new album from amazing Aziza Brahim is released. You can listen to an opening song 'Gdeim Izik' from her wonderful album 'Soutak' on the link below.
January, 29th 2014
Aminata Wassidjé Traoré's song 'Tamala'
Listen to a song from Aminata Wassidjé Traoré's album 'Tamala'. Aminata is a rising voice in Mali and 'Tamala' is her debut album. Her music, like the environment that surrounded her growing up, incorporates various cultures and traditions. On Tamala, an album she self-produced with the help of the artist Mamadou Kelly and arranger Baba Simaga, she sings in Songhai and Tamasheq. Glitterbeat Records is releasing Tamala on 7th March in a limited vinyl version of 1,000. It will be pressed on 180g vinyl with a gatefold sleeve.
January, 7th 2014
Aziza Brahim video for 'Julud'
Check out the new video for Aziza Brahim's song "Julud", taken from her upcoming album called "Soutak". The album will be released on February, 7th!
November, 25th 2013
First Aziza Brahim song
We're delighted to share with you the first song from upcoming Aziza Brahim's 'Soutak' album. The song 'Julud' is dedicated to Aziza’s mother, and is possibly the most emblematic song on the album combining intimate and stark desert poetry with an unyielding faith in the Saharawi political struggle. Aziza Brahim is a contemporary sonic poet and a prominent spokesperson for the Saharawi people and their ongoing struggle for recognition and justice. Her new album Soutak (“Your Voice”), her first for the Glitterbeat label, deftly focuses on her majestic voice and the poetic critique of her lyrics. Out on February 7th, 2014!
November, 15th 2013
New Lobi Traoré album 'Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo 1995 is released
We're very proud to announce that the new Lobi Traoré album 'Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo 1995' is now available! To celebrate that special event, we'd like to invite you to listen to a new track 'Dunuya' on our soundcloud channel!
November, 4th 2013
NEW VIDEO from Lobi Traoré for the song 'Sigui nyongon son fo'
Taken from upcoming 'Lobi Traoré - Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo 1995' album. Bamako Nights is a time capsule recording. It evokes an artist, a time, and a place that came together with amazing potency, and can never be recreated.
This fantastic album will be released
on November, 15th!
October, 25th 2013
Ben Zabo - Démocratie
(digital only EP) is available!
Following the slammin
G's success of his first European tour, Malian Afro-rock pioneer Ben Zabo returns with a 31-minute digital-only EP. Diverse and forward-looking the EP includes three new songs, both "Mark Ernestus Meets Ben Zabo" mixes (only available till now on an out-of-print 12") and a dance-floor heavy reworking of “Dana” by Harmonius Thelonius. The horn-driven title track "Democratie" is a breathless and passionate plea for sensible democratic leadership in Ben's troubled homeland Mali.
September, 30th 2013
New song from upcoming
Lobi Traoré's live album
Listen to a new song from upcoming Lobi Traoré's live album "Bamako Nights: Live at Bar Bozo 1995" here's the song "Sigui nyongon son fo". Release date: November 15th, 2013
September, 13th 2013
Tamikrest new album 'Chatma'
The new album from amazing Touareg band Tamikrest is released. You can listen to an opening song 'Tisnant an Chatma' from their wonderful album 'Chatma' on the link below. We hope that you'll love the album as we do!
August, 28th 2013
New video from Dirtmusic
The title song from their album 'TROUBLES'. The song was written by Keith Hudson, also known as 'Dark Prince of Reggae' and the video was made by Paul Austin.
August, 16th 2013
New Video from Tamikrest!
Watch the video for the song 'Imanin bas zihoun' from their upcoming album 'Chatma'. The album will be out on September, 13th on Glitterbeat Records! Video by John Bosch.
August, 07th 2013
Ben Zabo is starting his first European tour. On that occasion, we offer you free download of his song 'Wari Vo'.
July, 15th 2013
The first ever
Glitterbeat digital sampler!
Includes the new Tamikrest single and six other essential tracks from Samba Toure, Dirtmusic, Ben Zabo and Lobi Traore.
Upcoming Glitterbeat Releases
Februar 7th 2014
Aziza Brahim: Soutak
A passionate, enchanted and politically engaged singer from Western Sahara Aziza will be one of the most hotly tipped new World Music artists of 2014. Already feature articles have appeared in Songlines and Folk Roots and there is more to come!
March 7th 2014
Aminata Wassidje Traore: Tamala
Originally released in 2008, this will be a vinyl-only release of the debut album from one of Mali’s brightest young singers. Aminata has appeared on recent albums by Samba Toure and Dirtmusic. Afropop Worldwide called “Tamala”: “in a word, sublime.”
March 28th 2014
Dirtmusic: Lion City
Culled from the same sessions as the acclaimed “Troubles” album, this second volume is less propulsive and dance-driven and more ambient and reflective. Features Tamikrest, Super 11, Ben Zabo, Samba Toure & Aminata Wassidje Traore. Welcome to the borderless 21st century.
April 19th 2014
Bombino: Agamgam 2004
A special RECORD STORE DAY vinyl/digital release of Tuareg music sensation Bombino’s first album. Recorded in Agadez, Niger in 2004, the songs are played simply with acoustic guitars and traditional percussion and handclaps. This is the true sound of the desert and a beautiful contrast to Bombino’s recent Dan Auerbach produced album NOMAD.
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