Day 16: Amare Touré – N’Niyo (Al Zanders Edit)

Day 16 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.

Amara Touré, legendary Afro-Cuban pioneer, has always been somewhat of an enigma. Although developing such an unlikely combination of sounds so successfully merits intrigue in itself, the Guinean vocalist/percussionist has been undetectable in recent years to the extent that it is no longer known whether he is dead or alive.

Thankfully, the consistent talent that is Al Zanders, has dug deep and wrapped his ears around this vibrant number, one of only 10 singles released during the 1973-1980 heyday of Amara’s career, and reissued recently by Analog Africa.

With various Afro edits already under Al’s name, he has proven to have a knack for rearranging gems from the genre. This version introduces a more prevalent thumping beat, extended breaks and adds some hypnotic loops, resulting in a sensual, polished Latin number with the raw heart of Africa.

Download Al Zanders’ Edit from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer. 

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