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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Vieux Farka Toure
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WORLD 468065 WORLD 468065
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/19/2007

"Vieux Farka Touré's self-titled debut album was recorded in Bamako, Mali, at Studio Bogalan and produced under the direction of Eric Herman and the guidance of Toumani Diabaté, along with award-winning engineer Yves Wernert. Graced by guest turns from Toumani Diabaté (on 'Toure De Niafunké' and 'Diabaté') and Ali Farka Touré (on 'Tabara' and 'Diallo'), the line-up also features other veteran players such as Bassekou Kouyaté (ngoni), Seckou Touré (vocals), and Hassey Sarre (njarka). Younger stars sit in as well, including Mamadou Koné (tama), Adama Diarra (djembé), and Issa Bamba, whose powerful yet agile voice has often been compared to that of Salif Keita. Like his father before him, Vieux seems to envision each tune in overview while eschewing virtuosity for its own sake, inexorably constructing one cumulative yet fiery, melodic trajectory after another. The term 'African blues' is only partly accurate, although the parallel Malian and American tributaries almost certainly sprang from a common source. But whether originating from near or far, depending on where the listener stands, the two traditions share a dusty, sun-struck, languid elegance that remains profoundly redolent of the Motherland. Thus, adventurous fans of celebrated Mississippi Delta stylists like John Lee Hooker will find themselves transported, too."