1/ Turu (Toure Kunda) 1.40 2/ Salaly Muhamed (Toure Kunda) 5.30 3/ Waar (Toure Kunda) 4.52 4/ Manior (S.Toure,O.Toure) 0.55 5/ Casamance (O.Toure) 3.24 6/ Ninki Nanka (S.Toure,O.Toure) 4.46 7/ Kambe (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.44 8/ Africa Lelly (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.41 9/ Soye (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.20 10/ Em'ma (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.01 11/ Amadou-Tilo (I.Toure,S.Toure) 2.45 12/ Casa Di Mansa (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.20 13/ Salya (I.Toure,S.Toure) 4.54 14/ Toure Kunda (I.Toure) 4.57 15/ Natalia (S.Toure) 4.56 16/ Babacady (O.Toure) 4.05 17/ Mamadiyo (Toure Kunda) 3.08 18/ Sidi Yella (Live Version) (I.Toure,S.Toure) 5.49 Tracks 1,2 and 3 recorded at Nouveau Studios, Vincennes, France Tracks 4,5,6,11,12 and 13 recorded at Studio Du Manoir, France Tracks 7,8,9 and 10 recorded at Studio CBE, Paris, France Tracks 14,15 and 16 recorded atStudio Plus 30, Paris, France Track 18 recorded live in Africa, December 1983 Produced by Toure Kunda Tracks 1,2 and 3 co-produced by A. Vauge Tracks 4,5,6,11,12 and 13 produced by Olivier Hollard Tracks 7,8,9 and 10 produced by Georges Crespin Tracks 14,15 and 16 produced by Bill Laswell Track 17 produced by Michael Abihssira, JC Bonaventure and Roger Chico Dru(14,15,16) Ismalia, Sixu Tidiane & Ousmane Toure: vocals, percussion; Bernie Worrell: Prophet 5, synthesizer, fairlight CMI; Foday Musa Suso: kora, talking drum; Aiyb Dieng: chatan, jimbe, cowbell, percussion; Nicky Skopelitis & Jean- Claude Bonaventure: guitar; Roger Chico Dru: bass; Michel Abissihra: drums; Ben Benlinga & Michel Billez: saxophone; Nabou Diop: vocals; Alain “Loy” Ehrlich: piano; Lionel Jouot: trombone; Christian Martinez: trumpet; Frederic Rousseau & Olivier Bloch-Laine: fairlight CMI programming.
1994 - Celluloid Records (USA), CELD 6213 (CD)Note: Bill Laswell does not play on this album.
Cliff Furnald (courtesy of the Rootsworld website)
This career retrospective from the founding of Touré Kunda to 1987 is heavy on material from the group's early work -- which is a good thing, because those albums are hard to find. It's slightly puzzling that nothing from the 1984 live album was included, because that is generally regarded as one of Touré Kunda's best early efforts. The first five studio releases are about equally represented on Dance of the Leaves, which gives a good sense of a band that started out as a group of traditional hotshots and added foreign and modern influences as its career progressed. There is one cut each from the later albums Live Paris Ziguinchor and Karadindi, both of which hark back to the early acoustic and traditional work. The casual fan of African music who is interested in learning about an excellent group of performers will find this an excellent introduction, and the ardent Touré Kunda fan who can't find the early albums will find it essential.
Richard Foss (courtesy of All Music Guide website)