Samba Touré • Albala
Release Date: May 3rd, 2013
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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.
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.
July, 8th 2013
Tamikrest's New Single:
head over to Soundcloud and hear the full-version of "Imanin bas zihoun" the upcoming Tamikrest single from their new album "Chatma". The song will be released soon on a Glitterbeat digital sampler and a few weeks later on its own.
July 1st 2013
Tamikrest: "Chatma" (Trailer)
Tamikrest will release NEW ALBUM 'Chatma' on September 13th, 2013 on Glitterbeat Records. The album is filled with sober reflection, moral indignation, musical experimentation, cultural celebration and the kick of rock and roll. Here's the trailer. Give it some love and share it!
June 17th 2013
Dirtmusic feat. Aminata Wassidje Traore - La Paix (Peace)
Dirtmusic's new video for "La Paix" featuring the magical Aminata Wassidje Traore: directed by John Bosch.
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