Thursday, February 15, 2007

Ali Farka Toure & Vieux Farka Toure

Reviews of Ali Farka Toure's Savane and Vieux Farka Toure's first album Vieux Farka Toure.

One immediate response, when presented with these two albums—the first posthumous release by the extraordinary Malian guitarist and singer Ali Farka Toure, and the first ever release by his son, Vieux Farka Toure—might be to see in the albums the passing of the “desert blues” flame from one generation to the next. In a sense, of course, that is indeed what Savane and Vieux Farka Toure represent, for the transmission of tradition from father to son is established practice amongst West African musicians—and Ali duly anoints his son's debut with two cameo appearances, one of which is amongst the album's highlights.
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