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  • Band members: Sidi Touré
  • Summary: Sidi Toure's second solo album was recorded live in Mali with several of his friends over a few days.
  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): International, West African, African Traditions, Malian Music, African Folk
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    89
    Descended from the kings of the region, Sidi Toure, not unlike regional innovator Ali Farka Toure, boasts liquid picking and plucking in this series of duets cut at his sister's home.
  2. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    This record is a treat for listeners: an exquisite, nuanced collection of strong performances.
  3. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Recorded leisurely over tea at his sister's place on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, Sidi Toure's second album is an intimate gem of bone-dry acoustic Afro-minimalism.
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Sahel Folk is refreshing, especially when set against the fact that many bands can spend months or years tinkering in studio settings for what they deem to be the perfect sound.
  5. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    Sahel Folk is an enriching and meditative listening experience, and introduces another aspect of the great -- and seemingly inexhaustible -- Malian Songhai musical tradition to the West.
  6. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    What might be most appealing about this clear and intimate recording is the way it captures not only a wide variety of textures, moods and voices, but also the musicians' comfortable--and nonetheless passionate--virtuosity and elegance of expression.
  7. Feb 23, 2011
    60
    Sahel Folk pushes no boundaries, but it's a charming, lo-fi set from northern Mali, delivered by a man who has been a quiet force for some years. [Feb 2011, p.103]

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