The Malian singer and guitarist is still seducing audiences via his album Binga, a tribute to his roots and the Songhoy people.
During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Songhoy people reigned over one of the greatest empires of Africa during the golden age of Timbuktu, at a time when it was recognized worldwide as an indispensable center of culture and knowledge. Within this region lies the town Binga, where Samba Touré grew up. As a result, the artist has dedicated his fourth album to the city of his childhood, a place he’ll always be in love with. Despite the military conflicts in northern Mali, which he evoked on his album Albala in 2013, Samba Touré is delighted to return to his native land to share what he defines as “pure Songhoy music,” strongly tinged with the blues.
After starting his musical career with the multicultural group Farafina Lolo, which made the singer very popular in Mali, the album Binga is a true cultural introspection restoring the prestige of the Songhoy culture, in continuity with his first album Songhaï Blues, Homage to Ali Farka Touré. Nevertheless, the label Glitterbeat Records, that has accompanied Samba Touré for years, defines Binga as “the most intimate” of his works.