Over Memorial Day, I attended the Atlanta Jazz Festival. I've reviewed a couple other bands in previous posts and thought I would take a moment to write a few words about the world-renown French-African artist, Daby Toure.
I had heard of Toure before the festival. I believe it was on World Cafe, a great NPR show that spotlights world music artists. Still, I wasn't sure what to expect, even though the audience was clearly anticipating a good show from him.
He didn't disappoint on the showmanship. Toure knows how to work a crowd only as an artist who has been doing the trade for a while knows how to do. He actively engaged the crowd, drawing them in with singing along and dancing.
Dancing to his music was easy even if the lyrics didn't necessarily resonate due to a language barriers etc. Toure has a mixture of reggae and African sounds that keep the beating hopping. That blend is also unusual enough to most listeners to make Toure distinctive.
I can't say that Toure was as creative or versatile as Tatran. But Toure was energetic and fun. Every festival needs the fun and Toure provided it. He's worth the listen if you ever get the chance.