"Gandadiko" bedeutet "verbrannte Erde" - nach Samba Tourés hochgehandeltem 2013er Album "Albala" verspricht auch der Zweitling wieder beste Rezeption bei Publikum und Kritikern. Das Album ist etwas stimmungsvoller gehalten, der dunkle Unterton wie auf dem Vorgänger bleibt aber bestehen, und "Gandadiko" bleibt bis zum Ende in jeder Hinsicht packend.
Samba's previous album "Albala" was one of the most highly touted African albums of 2013 and Gandadiko, which means "Burring Land" in Songhai, promises to deliver the same sort of reception. More upbeat and diverse than "Albala" the new album Gandadiko is still every bit as gripping and haunted…maybe more so. Touré is known to search for the seeds of his musical ideas in the assorted stack of CDs he listens to while driving through the chaotic streets of Bamako. The out-of-the-box musical inspirations he has picked up for his new album range from Serge Gainsbourg (Wo Yende Alakar) to Bo Diddley via Tom Petty (Su Wililé ) to funky psychedelia (I Kana Korto), though of course all the raw material is instinctually filtered through the traditional melodies and rhythms of his Songhai musical heritage. Samba’s guitar playing has never been so anxious, exploratory and rock and roll and his voice has never been as smooth and relaxed. Samba wants to be many places at once and the accomplishment of Gandadiko is that by successfully navigating these sorts of “contradictions,” Samba’s artistry has reached an even higher level.