Malian singer/songwriter and guitarist Sidi Touré is an icon of Songhaï Music, a traditional Mali genre that’s built around the minor pentatonic scale and a recognizable lute fingerpicking style accompanied by singing. Toubalbero is Touré’s fourth release and his first electro-acoustic album. Touré brought in some of the most exciting new faces in the Malian music scene for the record, including bassist Baba Traoré, drummer Mamadou “Mandou” Kone (who also plays with Vieux Farka Touré), electric guitarist Djadjé Traoré, N’Goni player (traditional Malian guitar) Ousmane “Papou” Dagnon, and vocalist Babou Diallo. Previous Sidi Touré albums were recorded in a modest tin-roofed studio in Bamako where the recording sessions have to be timed around Mali’s rainy season due to the noise from the rain pelting the roof. Toubalbero was recorded over the course of four days at Studio Bogolan, one of the best in Mali where artists that include Ali Farka Touré, Rokia Traoré, Toumani Diabate and Björk have recorded. The songs on Toubalbero are steeped in Malian culture and traditions. Our Song of the Day, “BK” is an homage to Baba Belkatras, a legend of Songhai music. Toubalbero is out now on Thrill Jockey. Check out Touré's KEXP in-studio from 2012, after his international breakout album Koïma.
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Colors" by Black Pumas, from the 2019 self-titled album on ATO Records
Today’s song, featured on The Morning Show with John Richards, is "Old Engine Oil" by The Budos Band, from the 2019 album V on Daptone Records.
Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is "Two Colors" by Chong the Nomad, a 2019 self-released single