Diam

Peter Gabriel's latest protÉgÉ, singer/ songwriter Daby TourÉ, makes his Real World debut with this affable album.

Peter Gabriel's latest protégé, singer/ songwriter Daby Touré, makes his Real World debut with this affable album. Touré's music evokes modern and traditional modes of life: It's as influenced by the sounds coming out of today's Senegal, Mali, Paris and New York as it is flavored by the traditional music of his native Mauritania (a nation largely unknown in the West that has a cultural blend spanning from Arab/Moor to several black ethnic groups). Gentle-voiced and sweet-spirited, Touré, teaming up with electronic musician/ producer Cyrille Dufay, creates a thoroughly charming record. Standout tracks include the lilting "Iris," the R&B-tinged "Bary" and the hypnotically rhythmic "Dendecuba." Roots-oriented world music fans will probably pass "Diam" by, but that would be a mistake, as Touré is a rising star.—AT