Audio

Sidi Touré 'Alafia'

Sidi Touré 'Alafia' is the latest from the Malian bluesman, out 9/17 via Thrill Jockey.

Sidi-Touré-Alafia

Sidi Touré's latest full length, Alafia, serves as the latest case study of how the segregation of a "world music" genre has been rendered increasingly irrelevant in today's music climate. In its place has emerged a globalization of earbuds with implications to be found in the rise of Alafia's creator. Touré is, after all, a Malian bluesman beloved for well-deserved reasons by the likes of Vincent Moon's Take Away Show circles and signed to a Chicago-based indie label. It's even worth making the case that the eclectic strings and pedals of Tokyo-based labelmate Dustin Wong loop with traces of Touré's guitar.


On his third international release Touré invites listeners into a peaceful state of mind, via meditative melodies and pick-induced rhythms. While at many times it's impossible to avoid the desire to dance, Alafia occasionally subdues into a a Songhaï folk fit for the tropics, most notably on "L'eau: The Water." Across the album's tracks, a panic-speed guitar and chants result in a total zone of tranquility. There is beauty to be found in Touré's rhythmic complexity, a peacefulness born out of chaos. Alafia is out now via Thrill Jockey. Watch the video for opening track "Ay Hora" and check out Touré's upcoming dates below.

Sidi Touré Tour Dates

Sep 19 - Grounds For Thought, Bowling Green, OH

Sep 20 - Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, Oberlin, OH

Sep 21 - Thunderbird, Pittsburgh, PA

Sep 27 - Highline Ballroom, New York, NY

Sep 28 - Dome Theater, Arlington, VA

Oct 1 - The Center at Eagle Hill, Hardwick, MA

Oct 4 - Saint Anselm College, Dana Center, Manchester, NH

Oct 5 - BAM Café, Brooklyn, NY

Oct 6 - Crossroads, Philadelphia, PA

Oct 10 - Grand Park (Daniel Pearl World Music Days), Los Angeles, CA

Oct 12 + 13 - Shakori Hills Festival, Pittsboro, NC

Oct 19 - Rasa, Utrecht, Netherlands

Oct 24 - WOMEX, Cardiff, UK

Oct 25 - The Lexington, London, UK

Audio

The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Juls, Busiswa, Davido, Nasty C, Olamide, Ethic, Bobi Wine and more

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.


Keep reading... Show less
Audio

8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

Keep reading... Show less
Video
C Natty/emPawa

You Need to Watch C Natty's New Music Video For 'Ojah'

Video Premiere: Check out the striking first release from Mr Eazi's #emPawa30.

C Natty arrives in style with his new single "Ojah."

The track, which is the first release from Mr Eazi's new group of #emPawa30 artists, sees the Nigerian artist delivering a highly-infectious and grooving concoction over jazz-leaning afrobeats produced by Killertunes.

The new music video for "Ojah," which we're premiering here today, is equally as stunning and follows the story of someone who doesn't take others' advice. C Natty told us the following about the DK of Priorgold Pictures-directed video:

Keep reading... Show less
popular

South African Hip-Hop Producers Tweezy and Gemini Major Set for Instagram Live Beat Battle

Two of South Africa's hip-hop super producers Tweezy and Gemini Major will face-off in upcoming Instagram live beat battle.

After Instagram live beat battles such as Swizz Beatz versus Timbaland and Mannie Fresh versus Scott Storch amid the lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, it was only a matter of time until the hip-hop community across the world followed suit.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.