Although Abdoulaye Diabate utilizes contemporary flourishes like electronic programming in his music, his sound is deeply rooted in a traditional West African approach. This merging of the past with the present is paramount on SAMORY, one of the artist's strongest albums. Diabate is notable for his raw, slightly nasal vocal style, and his music is somewhat reminiscent of Ali Farke Toure in its winding, drone-centered quality, and of King Sunny Ade in it's bright polyrhythmic burble. Yet SAMORY proves that Diabate possesses an artistry very much his own.
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