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The Toure Kunda Collection
Toure Kunda
The Toure Kunda Collection
Genres: World Music, Pop
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All Artists: Toure Kunda
Title: The Toure Kunda Collection
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Putumayo World Music
Original Release Date: 3/19/1996
Release Date: 3/19/1996
Genres: World Music, Pop
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 790248012124, 790248012148

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Triumph over tragedy
Amaranth | Northern California | 07/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Senegalese Afropop supergroup Toure Kunda has staying power. They began in the '70s,successfully touring in France before West African diva Angelique Kidjo got her start there. In 1983, Amadou died onstage of a heart attack. Throughout the '80s,band members left (some joined Kaoma,becoming one hit wonders with "Lambada"),and the remaining pair-Ismael and Sixu-were in protracted legal battles with their record label. Nonetheless,Toure Kunda still remains. This collection,unfortunately out of print,is a tribute to their endurance.

The opening number,"Wadini",is a rousing tribute to a prominent Muslim in northern Senegal. "Ndoungo" is a moving prayer and an abundant harvest. "Guerrilla" is a melancholy ballad about those who died during Guinea-Bissau's war of independence. "Casale" is a standout track with its infectious blend of reggae and Afropop. It's the best reason to buy this album. "Fatou Yo" is an electrifying dance number. "Okunaya" is a call to perpetuate tradition.

While some of the songs sound similar,it's a great album,and a perfect introduction to Afropop. Though this compilation is 11 years old and out of print,it's inspiring to know that Toure Kunda is still performing live and in the studio. Despite personal tragedies and business tribulations,they've triumphed."