Touré Kunda

The Toure Kunda Collection

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One of the first internationally known world music bands, Toure Kunda from Senegal has undergone several lineup and stylistic changes throughout the group's long career. On The Toure Kunda Collection, Putumayo assembled a greatest hits collection of sorts, though only covering three albums. The styles of the pieces are heavily varied, starting with a pair of synthesizer-heavy works, reminiscent of the earlier world music scene, then moving to a piece infused with a liberal dose of Cuban charango. Works with faster tempos follow, mildly similar to those of the band's countryman Baaba Maal. Still to come on the album, though, are pieces of reggae, vague bluesy types of sounds, and a couple of works that almost seem like Quincy Jones productions (aside from the language). The album is almost a retrospective of stereotypical world music sounds (which might not be all that surprising, given that Putumayo is the company behind it). Given that it is Toure Kunda, some respect can still be given since the group is one of the founding forces in the genre -- other than that, it almost seems like a factory production.

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