Samba Touré: Gandadiko
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"The rocking rhythms echo Led Zep ("Wo Yende Alakar") and Buddy Holly ("Su Wilele"), while Touré's lead guitar lines are as indebted to Jimi Hendrix as to the traditional desert blues of his mentor, Ali Farka Touré." 8/10
"An album of myriad musical textures: hypnotic indigenous traditional melodies and folk blues married to early rock ‘n’ roll and pop. Touré’s guitar work is beguiling, engaged in an intricate dance with the soukou, a traditional violin." 7/10
“The music is mature and confident, with Touré’s quietly commanding voice matched against insistent bass riffs and guitar work that echoes his one-time mentor Ali Farka Touré, but with a dash of funk and Bo Diddley thrown in. Impressive.” ****
- The Guardian
“Malian singer-songwriter’s compelling new album.” ****
- The Independent on Sunday.
“For anyone who feels the wellspring of American blues is running dry, it may be time to switch continents.” ****
- The Times
"The guitarist and singer used to play with Ali Farka Touré, and if anyone is filling his role as Malian blues master it is surely Samba Touré ... The electric guitar-playing is masterful and he’s backed by traditional percussion and the lithe desert fiddle of Adama Sidibé. Excellent." *****
- Evening Standard
“Deeply melancholy recordings.”
- The Wire
"Touré’s slow blues take eclectic inspiration from French art-pop and, on "Su Wililé", Bo Diddley." ****
- Financial Times
"The flawless tracks on Gandadiko roll together with the ease of a musician at his best. The resilient message of Samba's lyrics in the face of adversity is ably backed up by the sonic power of the music with a confident hypnotic flow throughout.”
- The Quietus
"The music is spectacularly inventive, measured and strong. Every element is poised and counterpointed and placed, largely taking the Ali Farka Touré path, but Samba plays with a more dramatic sense of deployment ... The voices and the instruments play off each other with real spirit and dimension, creating a spacy, almost theatrical experience."
"With Gandadiko, the guitarist and singer surpasses the markers he placed 18 months ago [with Albabal]." ****
"Woye Kate, a delicate duet with Tuareg singer Ahmed Ag Kaedi, pleads for pan ethnic tolerance over a beguiling rhythmic backgrop."
- Record Collector
“Defiant and powerful … a varied and inspired album.” ****
"The adroit Malian guitarist maestro Samba Touré transduces the plight of his country into nimbly picked away at, and subtle poetic, desert Songhai-blues’ style peregrinations ... Touré’s subtle, nuanced style of playing needs total immersion to be absorbed and enjoyed. This is the blues after all, served by a more traditional backing of indigenous variants of West African instrumentation."
- Monolith Cocktail
"Gandadiko is another reflective album, heavy with political statements, explorations of social issues and hopes for the country’s future ... mostly a mellow, laidback set of ‘desert blues’, but no less powerful." 8/10
- Curious Animal
"The deep undulations of Malè Bano on Samba Touré’s impressive fourth album, embellished with sparky ngoni and resonant njarka fiddle, would draw appreciative nods from John Lee Hooker, while Su Wililé is pure Bo Diddley on a bed of African percussion." ****
- Irish Times
"Toure’s guitar playing throughout is accomplished and ever changing, a true talent in today's World music scene." 8/10
- Louder Than War