Ismail & Sixu Toure - Mandinka Dong

Article number: 3760179355161
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  • Gatefold vinyl illustrated with photos from the artists' archives
  • Liner notes by Frank Tenaille, the band's official biographer

Elusive debut album from Senegalese legends Toure Kunda (Paris 1979) Seminal record. A beautiful blend of Afro disco stompers & mellow Reggae tunes. Overcoming the odds, their parents' ban on playing music ("a satanic activity"), the death of their brother and mentor Amadou and a stint in a Mauritanian prison, they will ultimately reach stardom a few years later under the name Toure Kunda (The Elephant Family). A legendary 40-year career will follow: 16 albums released, millions of records sold, numerous world tours, awards and collabs with the likes of Manu Dibango, Talking Heads, Carlos Santana, Bill Laswell, Alpha Blondy, Bernie Worrell‰Û¡ÌÝ_ Released in 1979, self-financed by loans from friends and allies, Mandinka Dong is the genesis of Toure Kunda, the cornerstone of the band's unique sound, at the crossroads of Disco, Funk, Pop, Reggae, Portuguese, Guinean, Cuban, Zairean, Mandinke and Soninke music.

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