Toubab Crewe / Tk2
Album: Tk2   Collection:General
Artist:Toubab Crewe   Added:Nov 2010
Label:National Geographic Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-11-14 Pull Date: 2011-01-16
Week Ending: Jan 16 Jan 2 Dec 12
Airplays: 1 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. May 14, 2014: Funk to Folk
Area Code
4. Feb 22, 2014: Funk to Folk
Holy Grail
2. May 07, 2014: Funk to Folk
5. Jan 10, 2014: Funk to Folk
3. Apr 30, 2014: Funk to Folk
Nirvana The Buffalo
6. Jan 10, 2014: Funk to Folk

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2010-11-12
Toubab Krewe – TK2
Reviewed by Sadie O., 11/12/10
Malian/Southern US fusion instrumentals by a band from Asheville NC. They’ve done their research, travelling to Mali a few times to study with musicians there. “Toubab” means “foreigner” in several west African languages, and “Krewe” is a reference to New Orleans Mardi Gras groups. I’d say the American part (garage, blues-rock, etc) outweighs the African, so it’s General rather than World. Excellent stuff.
Single FCC at very end of last track. I like 2 and 9 best – all tracks good.
1. 5:16 ***piano thumps and plinks, slow stomp with a hint of ragtime. Beautiful kora overlay.
2. 6:47 ****garage rock, uptempo with searing guitar, but a bit of camel walk in the drums. Slows down and goes psychedelic halfway through, with fine hand percussion.
3. 5:31 ***soft, organ-based blues (of the 60’s rock variety) with strongly Africanized guitar solo and electronic squoobles.
4. 5:58 ***fuzzy electric guitar blues, slow, with a bit of camel walk. Speeds up like crazy a couple of times to a total rave-up with slides.
5. 3:10 **sweet, pretty midtempo hip-wiggler with desert blues feel, but a bit of whammy bar as well.
6. 6:23 **very soft and low chords intro, then a couple of guitars, finally a sort of loping, downbeat but midtempo stroll. Gets quite psychedelic.
7. 6:50 ***lowkey guitar blues, much in the Malian tradition, with very slow drums. Goes uptempo with handdrums for last third of track.
8. 6:44 ***big 60’s garage rock sound with a bit of Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar sound – fun stuff. Gets quiet and psychedelic midway through, then morphs into something bouncy with hand percussion, flies into hyperspeed, then back to Freebird.
9. 5:47 ****pretty Malian swing with lots of percussion. The “worldiest” track yet.
10. 5:39 ***very low-key (but cool) bass intro. Turns into relaxed slightly downtempo loping sway, very Desert-Bluesy. Lots of tinkly kora, little guitar. ENDS just over a minute shy.
11. 10:32 FCC: “shit” in bit of talking after song ends, about 20 seconds from end of track. ***swingy, slightly uptempo sway with jangly guitar and a bit of African instrumentation. Fades to almost nothing after 4 minutes, turns into mellow, slow blues jam. Ends with fuzz – cut it off when you hear a loud fuzzy thump and bit of laughter.

Track Listing
1. Mariama   6. Mansani Cisse
2. Nirvana The Buffalo   7. Area Code
3. Holy Grail   8. Gine Fare
4. Sirens   9. Konkoba
5. Carnavalito   10. Beacon
  11. One Night Watkins