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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
With his sophomore release, Vieux Farka Touré steps out of the shadow of his late, illustrious father. He's not only developed into a convincing songwriter and singer but one who happily concedes the microphone to other talents, like Afel Bocoum, who sings on three tracks here, but a stunning guitarist, as well. You can hear traces of his father in his work, but the style is very much his own, flowing and free, rippling almost like a kora, but also throwing in lovely, darting runs, as on "Aï Haïra," where the fills -- not to mention the solo -- are delicious, powered along by talking drum. It's all ineffably West African, and he's not afraid to play, as most of the tracks...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
With his sophomore release, Vieux Farka Touré steps out of the shadow of his late, illustrious father. He's not only developed into a convincing songwriter and singer but one who happily concedes the microphone to other talents, like Afel Bocoum, who sings on three tracks here, but a stunning guitarist, as well. You can hear traces of his father in his work, but the style is very much his own, flowing and free, rippling almost like a kora, but also throwing in lovely, darting runs, as on "Aï Haïra," where the fills -- not to mention the solo -- are delicious, powered along by talking drum. It's all ineffably West African, and he's not afraid to play, as most of the tracks top the four-minute mark, leaving lots of room for him to display his fretboard talent. Of course, there are a number of bluesy touches, notably "Souba Souba," which simmers as guitar and ngoni work together. "Slow Jam" lives up to its name perfectly, while the closing reprise of "Fafa" gives a soft acoustic end to the electric opening cut. The use of a drum kit can often bring added urgency to the music, which it does on "Sarama," which is nothing less than primal rock & roll, although Touré is quite capable of stepping away from all that for an acoustic, hold-your-breath duet with the wonderful Toumani Diabaté for "Paradise," where guitar and kora play simply around a gorgeous melody. With Fondo, Touré has created a mature, exciting, and jubilant album, and shows himself already a master.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036115828
  • Catalog Number: 1158
  • Sales rank: 113,705

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fafa (5:03)
  2. 2 Aï Haïra (4:31)
  3. 3 Souba Souba (4:09)
  4. 4 Sarama (5:21)
  5. 5 Walé (4:21)
  6. 6 Slow Jam (4:09)
  7. 7 Mali (4:35)
  8. 8 Diaraby Magni (4:39)
  9. 9 Chérie Lé (4:03)
  10. 10 Paradise (4:55)
  11. 11 Fafa (Reprise) (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vieux Farka Touré Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Yossi Fine Audio Production
Traditional Composer
Vieux Farka Touré Audio Production
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