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The world mourned when the legendary Malian bluesman Ali Farka Toure died in 2006. But, as this sterling debut CD from his guitarist/percussionist son Vieux shows, all was not lost. Though his father didn't want him to become a musician, the younger Toure woodshedded on the down low, and delivered a surprisingly strong tribute to his dad that blends Mande, and Sonrai musical styles with pop and Caribbean influences. Toure's spare guitar work and his vivid vocals would make his daddy proud, especially on the reggae-fied video single "Ana." The incredible kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate lends his plectral prowess to "Toure De Niafunke" and "Diabate." Singer Issa Bamba's energetic voice illuminates the bold backbeat of "Courage." The hypnotic "Tabara" and "Diallo" feature father and son together. Inheritance is an honored tradition in Africa, and, if this CD is any indication, the Toure legacy is in good hands in the 21st century. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

1. Sangaré
2. Dounia
3. Tabara
4. Ana
5. Ma Hine Cocore
6. Touré de Niafunké
7. Diallo
8. Wosoubour
9. Courage
10. Diabaté

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 13, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Village USA
  • ASIN: B000LPRG74
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,518 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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‘I wanted to pay homage to our musical heritage,’ says a reflective Vieux Farka Touré. Being that his native Mali has been splintered by territorial fighting between Tuareg and Islamic rebels since January 2012, his new album, Mon Pays (Six Degrees Records), is devoted to reminding the world about the beauty and culture of his homeland.

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He certainly makes it very easy to give it to him.
Pierre Saslawsky
Vieux Farka Touré's sound is a little more modern than his father's, very light and fun.
emily schneider
I love the fact that he blends elements of reggae, jazz and soul to his beautiful music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe VINE VOICE on April 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Youssef J. Habbouche on March 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 9, 2007
Format: Audio CD
A fine album by the son of Malian superstar, the late Ali Farka Toure... Vieux has a lighter touch than his fabled father, and a much readier acceptance of the wide melodic palatte of modern African pop... This is a fun, pleasant album, with strong, beautiful contributions from kora master Toumani Diabate... If you're looking for something sweet to listen to, this album will certainly fill the bill... Admirably, Vieux is not completely in thrall to his father's style, although there is an echo of his hypnotic, bluesy rhythms... Ali Farka Toure also appears on this album, in recordings he made with his son before he passed away in 2006; for some fans, these will be the highlight of this album -- I find the emergence of a new African star to be the real news here. Definitely worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emily schneider on March 22, 2007
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It's impossible not to smile while listening to this disc. Vieux Farka Touré's sound is a little more modern than his father's, very light and fun. My favorite track is probably number 6, Touré de Niafunké, featuring Toumani Diabaté, but I love all of them. I also dig the last track, a slowed-down acoustic tune that will soothe you to sleep at night. So relaxing, so beautiful.

Touré has serious skills playing the guitar, and it shows in this debut. (There's a reason he has 1,033 myspace friends.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Saslawsky on April 20, 2008
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Vieux Farka Touré might not be as good as the best you remember from Ali Farka Touré (a bit like Femi Kuti isn't quite like Fela Kuti) but he still very much deserves your support. He certainly makes it very easy to give it to him. 4 stars because I still have his dad in mind, 5 stars otherwise.
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