Khruangbin / Vieux Farka Toure - Ali


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Ali Farka Touré trekked the world, bringing his beloved Malian music to the masses. Dubbed "the African John Lee Hooker", one could hear strong connections between the two; both employed a bluesy style of play with gritty textures that elicit calm and fury in equal measure. While the influence of Black blues music prevailed, Touré created a West African blend of "desert blues" that garnered Grammy awards and widespread reverence. Though he transcended in 2006, Ali's musical legacy lives on through his son, Vieux aka "the Hendrix of the Sahara", an accomplished guitarist and champion of Malian music in his own right.

On Ali, his collaborative album with Khruangbin, Vieux pays homage to his father by recreating some of his most resonant work, putting new twists on it while maintaining the original's integrity. The result is a rightful ode to a legend. Ali is a testament to what happens when creativity is approached through open arms and open hearts. Highlights include "Savanne" and "Tongo Barra".

Heavyweight vinyl produced by Dead Oceans in 2022.

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