Amara Toure Singles Collection 1973-1976
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Analog Africa release a compilation by Amara Toure, the enigmatic Afro-Cuban musician from Guinea-Conakry, showcasing all of the 10 songs he ever
It took only ten songs for Amara Toure to become a legend. These ten treasures, representing Toure's complete discography, have been carefully re-mastered from original session tapes and vinyl records, and will be released by Analog Africa.
Although already brimming with incredible talent, Amara Toure's joining of Le Star Band de Dakar in 1958 began the band's meteoric rise to the top. The band quickly became Dakar's number one orchestra, and it cemented the reputation of the Miami nightclub as the hottest spot in the country. The place was packed nightly, and Dakar was boiling. Amara Toure's Senegalese adventure lasted for ten years when he received an irrefutable offer and in 1968, joined by a few talented Senegalese musicians, headed to Cameroon and immediately formed the Black and White ensemble. Many live gigs later and it was time for the first songs to be recorded. A total of three singles were produced between 1973 and 1976.
These singles, representing the first six songs on this compilation, fully epitomise and distil the essence of what Toure had learned during his career. His Mandingue roots fused with the Senegalese sound that he had mastered - the perfect foundation for the Toure's Cuban interpretations. If Toure's intention was to create the most sensual music ever recorded in Africa, he might very well have reached this goal. The musicians on the recording sound like they are playing in a smokey, poorly lit juke joint, where dark rum was sipped ever so slowly, and the pulse of the music took up a life of its own. How many couples have danced, swayed, and melted together to the distinct sound of Amara Toure Nobody can say for sure...
Amara Toure's success poured across the borders of Cameroon, and in 1980 he went to Libreville, Gabon, to team up with the powerful Orchestre Massako. Toure recorded an LP at that time which is hailed by many music aficionados as one of the very best African albums. The songs from that LP are the last four on this compilation.
It took only ten songs for Amara Toure to become a legend. These ten treasures, representing Toure's complete discography, have been carefully re-mastered from original session tapes and vinyl records, and are released here by Analog Africa.
*** Limited gatefold 2xLP in silk screen printed sleeve + silk screen printed poster + MP3 download code