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Vieux Farka Toure

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi USA, Inc.
  • ASIN: 5557934103
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Vieux Farka Toure bursts onto the music scene with a very strong performance in this debut album. Son of the legendary Ali Farka Toure, he has all the makings of a new star on Mali's rich music horizon. In this album, dedicated to his late father, Vieux combines traditional tunes and instrumentations with faster rhythms, demonstrating the energy of a younger generation. Old and new are harmoniously merged.

Most of the pieces are composed and arranged by Vieux himself, as are the lyrics. They address common themes of the importance of home, justice, family and solidarity among all sisters and brothers. His voice is reminiscent of his father's and his guitar playing is definitively moving in the same expert and creative direction that Ali exhibited for all these years.

Vieux has assembled a formidable group of musicians around him, above all his father Ali, who joined with his guitar on two pieces and Toumani Diabate, the magical kora virtuoso. One of these pieces was written by Toumani's father, the legendary kora player, Sidiki Diabate, and sensitively arranged by Vieux. "Diallo", the second piece that features Ali and son together, is a fast moving, energetic song in praise of the Fulani people. Contributing to his son's debut CD was the last recording that Ali was able to perform prior to his death. After years of discouraging his son from pursuing his musical ambitions, Ali finally came to appreciate the younger Farka Toure's talent and happily passed on his legacy. It seems that it was Toumani Diabate who convinced Ali to overcome his reluctance to accept his son's career path. Vieux had left the family compound in Niafunke, in Mali's North (near Timbuktu), to study music in Bamako. Toumani became a mentor and like a father to him.
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I was lucky enough to receive an early release copy of this album, what a corker it is. If your a fan of Ali Farka Toure this is a must have album.

Vieux has his own distinctive style and yet you can hear how his fathers influence and style has rubbed off on him, having his father on the album on two tracks is just gobsmaking too.

Having some other great musicians with him including Toumani Diabaté & the new rising vocal star of Malian music Issa Bamba obviously helps but its still a fabulous first album.

Well done Vieux.
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Forget other famous musician's sons, this is no Julian Lennon.

Vieux sensibly uses all his connections to assemble some excellent musicians to play throughout this irrepressably vibrant album.

I bought it when i saw how good the reviews were, and the fact that the great Toumani Diabate is featured, but couldn't expect it to be THIS good.

Simultaneously uplifting and thoughtful, and employing a real mixture of traditional and contemporary African styles, as someone writes elsewhere it's an excellent introduction to what's coming out of Africa, and Mali in particular, these days.
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This is one album you can play in its entirety without having to skip any of the songs.

Vieux's undisputable talent spans from African pop's light fun melodies to more soulful bluesy ones. He draws on his Malian roots, that's what makes the charm of this album, yet the music is universal and accessible to all, including the novice to the music of Mali - like myself.

My favorite is `Tabara', recorded with Vieux's father Ali Farka Toure, Africa's greatest blues guitarist. Ali passed away few months later to make this one a touching passing of the torch. I also like the percussions and guitar rhythms in `Ma Hine Cocore' or `Diallo'.

I will be on the watch for future works from this rising star.
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