Mali is a hot spot for creative and beautiful music. Maybe it is just me but it seems like right now a lot of new music is coming from there more than usual. If beautiful is the word to hang on, I would like to add “moving” as well in the case of Vieux Farka Touré.
He shows the moving beauty of Malian traditional music with his modern sound as a way to shed light on the darkness occurring in his home country right now. Tuareg and Islamic rebels have been fighting over territory since January 2012 and Vieux Farka Touré wants to remind us of the beautiful culture and music of his homeland.
For me it is a statement for the world that this land is for the sons and daughters of Mali, not for Al Qaeda or any militants. This land is for peace and beauty, rich culture and tolerance.This is our heritage, what we must always fight to protect in any way that we can. For me, that means making music that reminds the world of who we are.
He does just that with his new album Mon Pays on Six Degrees Records.
I have the lovely album Mon Pays (My Country) streaming and for purchase below but also have this free one to give away first.