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Mon Pays
     

Mon Pays

by Vieux Farka Touré
 
Prior to Mali's militant Islamist uprising in 2012, native guitarist Vieux Farka Touré had been making preparations for his fourth album, a sort of homage to the musical and cultural heritage of his country. A moderate Islamist himself, Touré was shaken by the brutal conflicts, feeling that both his religious beliefs and his country's reputation were being hijacked by

Overview

Prior to Mali's militant Islamist uprising in 2012, native guitarist Vieux Farka Touré had been making preparations for his fourth album, a sort of homage to the musical and cultural heritage of his country. A moderate Islamist himself, Touré was shaken by the brutal conflicts, feeling that both his religious beliefs and his country's reputation were being hijacked by misguided extremists. The desire to cast Mali in a more peaceful and tolerant light became the backbone of an album already dedicated its artistic preservation. The follow-up to his highly regarded 2011 release, The Secret, Mon Pays (which translates to "My Country"), is at once more subtle and more loaded with intention than its predecessor. The broad crossover appeal of The Secret, which featured collaborations with western artists like Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, and John Scofield, is dialed back on Mon Pays in favor of a largely acoustic and decidedly more African sound. Echoing the distinct style of his father's guitar work, Touré deftly incorporates the intricate acoustic blues traditions of Northern and Southern Mali into a soulful and cyclical groove on the stand-out track "Future," where he duets with kora player Sidiki Diabate. With this pairing, the two musicians cement a tradition begun by their own fathers Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabate, who made a pair of excellent albums together in the '90s and were close friends. It's these layers of personal depth and adherence to tradition that give this album the kind of poignancy that would stand out even without the implied backdrop of Mali's political turmoil. Although his fluid guitar playing is the primary focus, Touré's understated vocals are particularly effective on the meditative closer "Ay Bakoy," a collaboration with Israeli pianist Idan Raichel. Mon Pays is an album of great complexity, expressing joy, sorrow, and wonderment. Hearing Touré's passion and pride expressed through this fine recording, it's difficult to believe that the Islamic militants in Mali placed a country-wide ban on music. Whatever the outcome for the people of Mali, the rest of the world should feel fortunate to have access to music like this.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036120020
catalogNumber:
036120
Rank:
66217

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vieux Farka Touré   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Sidiki Diabaté   Kora
Idan Raichel   Piano
Tim Keiper   Percussion,Triangle,Shaker
Ganda Tounkara   Ngoni
Mariam "Djodjo" Diabate   Vocals
Aly Magassa   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mamadou Sidibé   Bass Guitar
Souleymane Kané   Background Vocals,Djembe,Calabash
Yankale Segal   Bass,Oud
Modibo Diarra   Djembe
Abdoulaye Hama Sarr   Violin,Spiked Fiddle
Seckou Ba   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Ali Farka Touré   Composer
Ethan Donaldson   Percussion Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Eric Herman   Management
Vieux Farka Touré   Arranger,Composer
Oz McGuire   Layout
Yaya Diarra   Engineer
Alfred Huff   Engineer
Marshall Henry   Management
Eileen O'Neill   Management

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