Some of my more purist-minded fellow African music fans looked down their noses at Touré Kunda. Their sound, not as hard-edged as the product coming out of Dakar, seemed suspiciously affable. Were Touré Kunda just a marketing gimmick? Were they an African version of The Monkees?
Not so! Touré Kunda's easy-going, less angular sound is deeply rooted in the Casamance, a region that was under Portuguese rule until 1888. And what's wrong with being likable and popular, anyway? Despite some ill-advised tech flourishes on their mid-'80s albums I've always appreciated Touré Kunda.
The 1992 cassette Sili Béto (Irema CB 521) dispensed with the "World Beat" excresences and was a welcome return to form for the group. I've always loved their take on reggae, and the Portuguese-influenced vocals are great as usual. I hope you'll enjoy it also!
Touré Kunda - Hadidia
Touré Kunda - Fatou Yo
Touré Kunda - Casalé
Touré Kunda - Akila
Touré Kunda - Soppé
Touré Kunda - Ké Diaré
Touré Kunda - Fiança
Touré Kunda - Téria
Touré Kunda - Cira
Touré Kunda - On Verra Quoi? Ça!
Touré Kunda - Oromiko
Download Sili Béto as a zipped file here.