Sahara Spirit is the exciting new CD from composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer from Niger and Mali, ABDOULAYE ALHASSANE TOURE. Every song is an original gem of hot, syncopated and sensual rhythms and lilting, lovely melodies, showcasing Mr. Toure's mastery of the subtle complexity and healing power of the most pristine African music, still free of western influences. The precision of the multiple interlocking instrumental and vocal parts boggles the mind, while warming the heart and lifting the spirit. SAHARA SPIRIT makes you feel like dancing and savoring the exquisite sounds this very special music.
His principal instrument is guitar, and he sings and plays Molo, Gurmi and a number of other Central Saharan string instruments. He was musical director, composer and lead guitarist for the wonderful Niger roots band, Mamar Kassey, that toured internationally to rave reviews.
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