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Album Review: Vieux Farka Toure – Mon Pays

Vieux Farka Toure, noted Malian singer and guitarist has recently released his 6 album, entitled Mon Pays. This album acts as a love letter to Toure’s homeland, reminding the world of the beauty and culture Mali possesses. Relying predominantly on Toure’s expert acoustic guitar skills, there is a calm and serene quality of the album, which exemplifies the comforting feelings a homeland exhibits. The emotional changes found throughout the album reflect the tragedy and beauty of Mali. The ending track Ay Baboy expresses the suffering of the nations while offering a wish and hope for a brighter more deserving future.

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Tracks like Safare, Yer Gando and Doni Doni show a seamless integration of traditional African guitar and slick blues licks. While the vocals remain heavily steeped in traditional Mailian music, the album manages to remain current. Overall this record is a cohesive piece, showcasing Toure’s national pride and highlighting his expert guitar skills.

For more information about Vieux Farka Toure, check out http://www.vieuxfarkatoure.com.