Friday, June 18, 2021

The Chill Sounds of Daby Touré

Something very special this evening for “music night” at The Wild Reed – an almost two-hour live performance by singer-songwriter Daby Touré.

It’s Friday night here in Minneapolis, the end of a rather long and draining work week. The chill sounds of Daby Touré are just what I need to relax and unwind. Maybe they’ll do the same for you too.

Not familiar with Daby Touré? Well, he was born in the West African nation of Mauritania and raised in neighboring Senegal. However, for the last twenty-or-so years he’s been living in Paris. An internationally known and respected artist, Daby’s been described as a “remarkably sensitive but energized and engaging performer.” His music has been referred to as “global soul-tinged pop” and a “soothing balm for the soul.”

The concert I share tonight is from 2015, when Daby performed at the Haybarn Theater in Plainfield, Vermont. Enjoy!

So what’s Daby up to today?

Well, just yesterday he was in Montréal in the studios of CBC Radio Canada, performing a number of songs to promote his upcoming July 7 appearance at the Nuit D’Afrique festival . . . and sporting a new haircut!

I’m happy to see him back out there doing his thing, and hopefully a new album is in the works as well!

Over the past two years or so I’ve collected all of Daby’s albums. To date, there are four: Diam (2004), Stereo Spirit (2007), Lang(u)age (2012), and Amonafi (2015).

They’re all great works of music; “a testament,” as one critic notes, “to the power of music to transcend linguistic barriers.” It’s music that’s also ensured that Daby Touré has become one of my favorite contemporary male singer-songwriters.

For more of Daby at The Wild Reed, see:
Daby Touré
This Is the Time
Daby Touré: “African Music Is Everywhere”

Related Off-site Links:
Daby Touré on His Latest Album, Amonafi, and Its Message – Séverine Baron (Rrverb, October 19, 2015).
Daby Touré: Amonafi Review – Easygoing African Fusion Pop – Robin Denselow (The Guardian, September 17, 2015).
Daby Touré, Musician Inspired By African (November 27, 2015).
A Review of Daby Touré’s Stereo Spirit – Jan Gilbert (BBC Music, 2007).

Previously featured musicians at The Wild Reed:
Dusty Springfield | David Bowie | Kate Bush | Maxwell | Buffy Sainte-Marie | Prince | Frank Ocean | Maria Callas | Loreena McKennitt | Rosanne Cash | Petula Clark | Wendy Matthews | Darren Hayes | Jenny Morris | Gil Scott-Heron | Shirley Bassey | Rufus Wainwright | Kiki Dee | Suede | Marianne Faithfull | Dionne Warwick | Seal | Sam Sparro | Wanda Jackson | Engelbert Humperdinck | Pink Floyd | Carl Anderson | The Church | Enrique Iglesias | Yvonne Elliman | Lenny Kravitz | Helen Reddy | Stephen Gately | Judith Durham | Nat King Cole | Emmylou Harris | Bobbie Gentry | Russell Elliot | BØRNS | Hozier | Enigma | Moby (featuring the Banks Brothers) | Cat Stevens | Chrissy Amphlett | Jon Stevens | Nada Surf | Tom Goss (featuring Matt Alber) | Autoheart | Scissor Sisters | Mavis Staples | Claude Chalhoub | Cass Elliot | Duffy | The Cruel Sea | Wall of Voodoo | Loretta Lynn and Jack White | Foo Fighters | 1927 | Kate Ceberano | Tee Set | Joan Baez | Wet, Wet, Wet | Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy | Fleetwood Mac | Jane Clifton | Australian Crawl | Pet Shop Boys | Marty Rhone | Josef Salvat | Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri | Aquilo | The Breeders | Tony Enos | Tupac Shakur | Nakhane Touré | Al Green | Donald Glover/Childish Gambino | Josh Garrels | Stromae | Damiyr Shuford | Vaudou Game | Yotha Yindi and The Treaty Project | Lil Nas X | Daby Touré | Sheku Kanneh-Mason | Susan Boyle | D’Angelo | Little Richard | Black Pumas | Mbemba Diebaté | Judie Tzuke | Black | Rahsaan Patterson | Ash Dargan

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