Touré, from a noble family, had to challenge some societal norms to become a singer. Nobles were sung ABOUT, they did not sing. It is like a Kennedy announcing they want to be a garbageman. But Touré stuck to his guns.
Sahel Folk is his second release and his first with Thrill Jockey. The record is a collection of West African artists, some of whom have never left their hometown, coming together and recording. The album is a sort of musical history of Gao and a reunion of musical friends You can hear Touré's "The Takeaway Show" at the Thrill Jockey Site HERE.