Samba Touré ‎– Gandadiko

Glitterbeat ‎– GBLP 020
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Gandadiko
A2 Wo Yendè Alakar
A3 Malè Bano
A4 Farikoyo
A5 Touri Idje Bibi
B6 Chiri Hari
B7 Gafouré
B8 Su Wililé
B9 I Kana Korto
B10 Woyé Katé

Companies, etc.



Gatefold jacket. Includes download code stickered to the inner sleeve.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4030433602010
  • Label Code: LC 08323
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): INDIGO LP 99514-1 =∧ A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): INDIGO LP 99514-1 =∧ B

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GBCD 020 Samba Touré Gandadiko(CD, Album) Glitterbeat GBCD 020 Europe 2015 Sell This Version
GBCD 020 Samba Touré Gandadiko(CD, Album, Promo, Car) Glitterbeat GBCD 020 Europe 2015 Sell This Version



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August 10, 2020

Seldom have I heard music as inspired and unrelenting as that by Samba Toure, a guitarist who doesn’t so much write songs, as the songs mystically rise from between the warp and weft of an ancient carpet spread across the African desert. Toure plays as if he’s in the eye of a storm, as Carlos Santana once did, though Toure has mastered the finer details of African blues with diaphanous melodies and delicate fretwork that will leave you breathless, belaying the need for a sense of hope, wisdom and love in a corner of the world that has gone so sideways, perhaps only an immense tsunami could wash it pure … though until then, Gandadiko will serve as a warning beacon for all those willing to listen

Gandadiko serves up a veritable feast of hypnotic desert blues, blending elements of Malian music, rock and heartfelt blues to create a heady hybrid which is captured at its most compelling during prime cuts such as “I Kana Koto,” “Toure Idje Bibi” along with the Bo Diddley influenced “Su Wilile.” On the surface these visionary songs may come across as being born of conflict, yet in reality, they’re brighter and lighter, imbued with a stunning resilience, galvanizing the intrinsic joy and natural buoyancy of the country and its people. Gandadiko is an album comprised of myriad of musical textures, washed with hypnotic indigenous traditional melodies that are meshed with folk blues that are married to early rock ‘n’ roll and pop. Toure’s guitar work is beguiling, engaged in an intricate dance with the soukou, a traditional violin, which adds an other worldly dimension. It’s an undeniably earthy album of resilience, melodically compelling and rhythmically sound, unique to the point of being beyond description, though if I had one word to describe these inviting chords, I’d say they are nothing short of being trans-continentally psychedelic, an exercise in fusion, geography and culture … as if the ghosts of both Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker found their way to the soul of Africa to dance and play around a roaring fire in the setting sun with Samba Toure.

Sonically, I found the pressing to be warm and inviting, perfect and necessary for the music delivered here.

*** The Fun Facts: As to the album’s title Gandadiko, gandadiko translates as the word ‘danger’.

Review by Jenell Kesler