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With the album, which translates as ‘the roots’, Vieux documents a deep reconnection with the traditional Songhai music of northern Mali which is one of the traditions that has come to be known in the West as ‘desert blues’.

Vieux Farka Touré, the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ and son of the late Ali Farka Touré, widely acclaimed as Africa’s greatest ever guitarist, has, over his five solo album releases to date, established himself as an illustrious musician who has emphatically widened the boundaries of West African music. With his latest release, Les Racines, which translates as ‘the roots’, the title says it all, as Vieux returns with music which reconnects with the traditional northern Mali Songhai music, introduced to the wider world by his father and given the Western label ‘Desert Blues’.

Vieux is joined on the album by a host of guest musicians including Moussa Dembelé, percussion, Toumani Diabate’s younger brother Madou Sidiki Diabaté, who plays the kora on the title track and on Lahidou, Kandia Fa, n’goni, Marshall Henry, bass, Souleymane Kane, calabash, Modibo Mariko, bass Cheick Tidiane Seck, keyboards and Madou Traoré on flute. Additionally, Amadou Bagayoko, from Amadou & Miriam, can be heard playing guitar on Gabou Ni Tie.

The ten songs on the album are all original compositions and speak to a range of topics, including personal reflections on love, family and remembrance alongside contemporary social issues such as respect, unity and compassion, important in a country where high illiteracy rates mean that music is the prime method of disseminating knowledge and information.

Track Listing:
1. Gabou Ni Tie – Vieux Farka Touré
2. Ngala Kaourene – Vieux Farka Touré
3. Les Racines – Vieux Farka Touré
4. Be Together – Vieux Farka Touré
5. Tinnondirene – Vieux Farka Touré
6. Adou – Vieux Farka Touré
7. L’Âme – Vieux Farka Touré
8. Flany Konare – Vieux Farka Touré
9. Lahidou – Vieux Farka Touré
10. Ndjehene Direne – Vieux Farka Touré


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