Vieux Farka Touré’s new album, “Les Racines”, comes out today

Famous singer-songwriter and guitarist Vieux Farka Toure today he releases his new album Les Racines via World Circuit Records. Touré is known as the “Hendrix of the Sahara” and the son of the late Desert Blues pioneer Ali Farka Touré; the album Les Racines is Touré’s debut album on the label and his first since 2017. The title, which translates to “the roots,” represents a deep reconnection with the Northern Malian Songhai music known as Desert Blues, made famous by his father. through its own World Circuit. releases decades earlier. The album features recent singles “Gabou Ni Tie”, “Ngala Kaourene” and “Flany Konare”.

Purchase/Transmission Les Racines HERE.

To celebrate the release, Vieux will host a Facebook Live album release party on Friday 10th June at 4:45pm ET/9:45pm BST. Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/vieuxfarkatoure to tune in.

There is a popular proverb in Mali that says that the surname of life is change. It is a maxim that Vieux Farka Touré has followed throughout his career in a series of adventurous cross-border explorations and collaborations. However, there is another more universal adage that says that in order to know where you are going, you must know where you came from. It is that essential human need to embrace one’s heritage that lies at the heart of Les Racines.

Son of the late Ali Farka Touré, hailed as the greatest guitarist Africa has ever produced, Vieux spent two years creating Les Racines but the album had been brewing in his mind for longer. “I’ve had the desire to make a more traditional album for a long, long time. It is important for me and for the people of Mali that we stay connected to our roots and our history”, explains Vieux. The lockdowns caused by the coronavirus outbreak, which prevented him from touring, were used to his advantage, as he used the time to write the most profound statement of his career to date.

Les Racines is Vieux’s sixth solo album in a recording career that began in 2006 and has featured bold collaborations with the likes of Dave Matthews and jazz guitarist John Scofield, an album with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin, and two CDs. with Israeli artist Idan Raichel as The Touré-Raichel Collective. “Early in my career, people asked me why I didn’t follow my father. But it was important for me to establish my own identity,” says Vieux. “Now people know what I can do, I can go back to those roots with pride and hope for some authority.”

Recorded in Bamako at Vieux’s home studio, the album’s timeless rhythms are infused with traditional West African music. But the fire of Vieux’s guitar and the urgency of the messages in his songs add an entirely contemporary relevance. “We are nothing if we abandon respect for the past,” says Vieux. “But we can also unite modernity with the strength of our traditions.”

The ten songs, all original compositions, address a variety of topics, traditional and contemporary. “Many people in Mali are illiterate and music is the main way of transmitting information and knowledge,” explains Vieux. “My father fought for peace and as artists we have an obligation to educate about the problems facing our country and to bring people together and guide them towards reason.”

“Going back to the roots of this music is a new starting point for me and I have never spent so much time or worked so hard on an album,” says Vieux. “I knew it had to be deep and long-lasting and powerful, so I took a lot of time to think about how to do it and put it together.”

“This is raw, unpolished ur-boogie, a basic rock’n’roll course. 4/5”—MOJO
“Vieux throws dark blue tendrils over a wavy, frayed backing.”—Wire
“masterful… a complete and ferocious showcase of Vieux’s own craftsmanship, and his assertion of desert blues. 8/10”—UNCUT
“It’s hypnotic, seductive and full of beautiful melodies”—Brooklyn Vegan
“a labor of love and deep study that sometimes gestures toward his late father”—WBGO/NPR
“the sound of a confident musician reclaiming his heritage”—WNYC “New Sounds”/NPR
“the timeless sound of West Africa”—KCRW

1. Gabou Ni tie
2. Ngala Kaourene
3. The Roots
4. Being together
5. Tindirene
6. Adu
7. L’Âme
8. Flany Konare
9. Lahidou
10. Njerene Direne

June 10—Infinity Music Hall and Bistro—Norfolk, CT
June 11—StageOne at FTC—Fairfield, CT
June 12—Afrika Nyaga Fest—Providence, Rhode Island
June 14: New York Guitar Festival at the WNYC Greene Space, New York, NY
August 4—Celebrate Brooklyn—Brooklyn, NY*
August 7: Long’s Park Summer Music Series, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
August 14—Musique du Bout du Monde Festival—Gaspé, QC
*with Khruangbin

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