[ World Circuit / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 10 June 2022
Les Racines is the latest solo album from the eminent guitarist and songwriter Vieux Farka Touré, and his first for World Circuit Records. Known as the 'Hendrix of the Sahara', Vieux has released 4 critically acclaimed solo albums to date, extending the boundaries of traditional West African music into new and uncharted territory. He has also released audacious collaborations with the likes of Dave Matthews and jazz guitarist John Scofield, and albums with American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin and Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel.
With Les Racines, 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's roots run deeper than deep - he is the son of Ali Farka Touré, widely acclaimed as the finest guitarist Africa has ever produced. Recorded in Bamako in Vieux's home studio, the timeless grooves of the album are steeped in the traditional music of West Africa. But the fire of Vieux's guitar playing and the urgency of the messages in his songs add an entirely contemporary relevance. "We are nothing if we abandon respect for the past," Vieux says.
The resulting album, the most profound statement of his career to date, marks out Vieux as the great Ali Farka Touré's rightful heir and a major artist in his own right. "Early in my career people asked why I wasn't just following my father. But it was important for me to establish my own identity," Vieux says. "Now people know what I can do, I can return to those roots with pride, and I hope a certain authority."
1. Gabou Ni Tie
2. Ngala Kaourene
3. Les Racines
4. Be Together
8. Flany Konare
10. Ndjehene Direne