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Assets
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  • Touring:
    • EUROPE: July/August + October/November 2024
    • US / CANADA: September/October 2024 + April May 2025
  • Travelling crew: 4-6 persons

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Songhaï, the guitar sound of Timbuktu (Mali)

" ...bluesy desert guitar at his best" - Songlines

Born on 15 June 1968, Samba grew up in Dabi, a small village in the Tombouctou region of Mali. Samba’s father passed away just before his birth, leaving his mother to raise him alone. Although they could not afford formal education, he was surrounded by music from an early age and his mother was one of the first women to sing with the young Ali Farka Touré at the Biennale Festival in Mali.

When he was old enough, Samba left for the Malian capital, Bamako, in the hopes of finding a job. There, he heard the popular guitar-driven dance music of Zaire for the first time and, inspired, began singing and playing guitar in a band called Farafina Lolo (Africa Star).

During that time, he fell in love with the music of Ali Farka Touré, a true original who was transposing the traditional music of his native north Mali and single-handedly bringing the style known as desert blues to an international audience. Samba was entranced by this master from Niafunké and began to play the guitar in the same style, adapting his playing from traditional string instruments on to an electric guitar.

When Farafina Lolo split up in the mid-1990s, Samba concentrated on composing on his own. In 1997, Farka Touré offered him the unique opportunity to tour with him as part of his band. Delighted, Samba accepted and, while touring across Europe and the USA, his mentor opened his eyes to a variety of new influences. Farka Touré inspired him to create his own blues style and, on his return to Mali, formed Fondo. He recorded then his first solo effort “Fondo” which was a huge success in Mali.

In 2007, he released his second album « Aïto » in Mali, and toured intensively in west-african festivals. In 2008 Samba Touré is signed by World Music Network, for « Songhaï blues, Homage to Ali Farka Touré », his first international production.

Recorded on visits back to Mali, Crocodile Blues is Samba Touré’s second international release and a giant leap forward for the Malian bluesman with Oumou Sangaré as a special guest vocalist for one song. His carefully crafted compositions demonstrate his own style, through his use of a variety of languages, rhythms and feelings. Many of the songs represent different ethnicities and regions, as Samba sings for peace and unity in Mali, one year before Mali’s crisis started.

In December 2011, Samba received a Tamani d’Or, Malian Award for “Crocodile Blues” the best international CD of the year and toured summer 2012 through Europe with memorable shows in Amsterdam Paradiso + North Sea Jazz Club, and Budapest’s Sziget Festival.

Then he recorded a new album “ALBALA” 2013 for new label Glitterbeat Records, featuring guest Hugo Race and co-produced by Philippe Sanmiguel and Chris Eckman. The album was acclaimed worldwide as one of the best African release of the year. The band toured in Europe in 2013 and 2014.

Two years after, Samba recorded a new album: Gandadiko, released in 2015 on Glitterbeat Records. Gandadiko immediately reached the top of international world music charts and the band toured in Europe in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Then, in the autumn of 2017, Samba recorded his new album ‘Wande’ released on Glitterbeat Records on may 25th 2018. It immediately received a lot of acclaiming reviews and reached second place of World Music Charts Europe’s july’s ranking. Samba Touré and his band will be touring Europe in spring and summer 2019.

    LINEUP:
    Group Size: 3 Artists + 1 manager (at times 1 tour manager)
  • Samba Touré: guitar, vocals
  • Djimé Sissoko: ngoni, tamani
  • Souleymane Kane: calabash, djembe

VIDEOS

Live at Roskilde Festival

Denmark, 2022


Tamala - Live at Dexter, Denmark - 2023

Denmark, 2022


"Wandé", Live in St. Catherine's Church

Vilnius, April 2019



Sambalama (official video)

Goy Boyro

Wo Yendé Alakar

Global Copenhagen, 20155

Malé Bano

Live in Bamako, 2015

Samba Touré - Espace Senghor

Bruxelles, BE - 2015

Takamba. RASA

Utrecht NL,2015

Touri Idjé Bibi

Gafouré

Live in Bamako, 2015

Live at Paradiso

Live in Amsterdam , 2015

Kadhogole

From the album 'Crocodile Blues' 2011

Be Ki Don

Recorded at Studio Mali in Bamako, in the autumn of 2012, Samba is joined by his regular band members Djimé Sissoko (n'goni ) and Madou Sanogo (congas, djembe) and guests such as the legendary, master of the soku (a one-stringed violin) Zoumana Tereta and the fast-rising Malian neo-traditional singer Aminata Wassidje Traore. Additionally, Hugo Race (The Bad Seeds, Dirtmusic, Fatalists) contributes an array of subtle atmospherics on guitar and keyboards.

Samba Touré - Amandraï

Live in Tamanrasset, Algérie 2010

Malé Bano

Live in Livorno, The Cage Theatre