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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure with Banning Eyre
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Banning Eyre & Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure
Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure is a brilliant guitarist, songwriter, producer and bandleader from Niger in West Africa. He co-founded his country's first internationally-touring electric traditional band, Mamar Kassey and now leads his own band as well as accompanying other West African artists.
Abdoulaye's music has a deep bluesy feel incorporating traditional rhythms and pentatonic scales of Niger but also heavily influenced by Malian icon Ali Farka Toure as well as the Southern Saharan Tuareg guitar sound of bands like Tinariwen. On this week's show Abdoulaye plays a few acoustic duets with his buddy, Afropop Worldwide radio producer and author / journalist Banning Eyre and we preview a few tracks from his forthcoming solo debut cd.
Adbdoulaye will be leading his acoustic ensemble (with special guest Kali. Z. Fasteau) at The Stone, Ave C and E 2nd St. Tuesday May 19 (8pm) and you can also catch him many Saturday evenings at the all-night African sessions at St Nick's Jazz Pub, St Nicholas Ave and W 149 St. in Harlem.
Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/abdoulayealhassane
Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure's web site with bio, discography, info on his studio etc. is here.
Special thanks to our illustrious engineer, Jeff Hylton Simmons.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new, *** = special)
Sat. 5/16/09 7:15pm
Hello Rob, its a pleasure listening your show again, please come back to the former show time, since then im not able to catch it as usual.
Anyway im really digging your show today, keep it up!!
Sat. 5/16/09 7:22pm
Thanks Peter! Nice to have you aboard.
Sat. 5/16/09 7:26pm
Wow - this is beautiful!
Sat. 5/16/09 7:33pm
Glad you like it. Although his old band Mamar Kassey did quite well, Abdoulaye is really kind of a hidden treasure here in New York. But hopefully his forthcoming cd release will push him onto the radar screen. We shall see...
Sat. 5/16/09 7:35pm
the interplay between the guitars is gorgeous.