The near-complete recorded legacy of Amara Toure – a singer who made an incredible splash on the Cameroonian scene of the 70s, but who only managed to make a handful of singles and one full length LP! The material is all tremendous, though – as Toure sings with this rich, deep sound that's part familiar Senegalese, but also inflected with lots of Latin and Cuban modes too – no surprise, since Amara got his start in the legendary Afro-Cuban group Le Star Band De Dakar
! By the time of these sides, though, he'd left Dakar
– and was working in this amazing style that's extremely haunting, and often echoed by a tenor sax solo on the recordings – with a quality that's as evocative as some of the Ethiopian classics of the time, but carried off in a different rhythmic style. This much-needed set features six singles recorded by Toure in Cameroon in the mid 70s – including "Temedy", "Lamento Cubano", "Cuando Llegare", and "Fatou" – plus his one full album recorded in 1980 in Gabon with Orchestra Massako – with titles that include "Africa", "Salamouti", and "Tela".
(In the screened cover.)