Sidi Touré & Friends, 'Sahel Folk' (Thrill Jockey)

Sahel Folk
Critical Mass
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Label: Thrill Jockey

by Richard Gehr

Recorded leisurely over tea at his sister's place on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Sidi Touré's second album is an intimate gem of bone-dry acoustic Afro-minimalism. Each track features Sidi and one of five collaborators who lay down profoundly spare, repeating lines on a variety of Western and African guitars while harmonizing about greed, national independence, modernization, farming, female fatigue, and other Bambara-language topics of import. Sidi dedicated the album to the late Jiba Touré, whose high, urgent voice graces three of Sahel Folk's nine trance-triggering tracks.

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