VIEUX FARKA TOURE
devoted to reminding the world about the beauty & culture of his homeland, touré honours the acoustic blues tradition of northern & southern mali.
much of this album was written in response to the recent islamist uprising in mali. touré speaks of this directly on ‘yer gando.’ with its call-&-response style vocals & souleyman kane’s calabash rhythm, the song warns of foreign invaders robbing mali of its heritage. ‘ay bakoy’ also showcases touré’s finest vocals. a sense of yearning combined with a deep knowledge of his nation’s history unfolds. the instrumental gems feature sidiki diabate’s kora leading an emotional charge complemented by touré’s spectacular guitar work, as well as subtle percussion flourishes by tim keiper. on a more personal note, toure also remembers his father on ‘safare,’ written by the elder touré. he also pays homage to a family friend by reinventing the traditional folk song, ‘diack so’.