Tag Archive | mali

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Review: Touré-Raichel Collective, The Tel-Aviv Sessions

Touré-Raichel Collective The Tel-Aviv Sessions [Cumbacha Records (2012)] Cultural cross-pollination has become common in world music, although the process is not always successful artistically. The Touré-Raichel project is the counter-intuitive collaboration between Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli pianist-pop superstar Idan Raichel. After the pair crossed paths in a German airport, Raichel sat in on a couple of […]

Review: Leni Stern, Sabani

Leni Stern’s new album is a worthy compatriot of the work of other Western artists who have been influence by and collaborated with Mali’s musicians, such as Corey Harris Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Robert Plant, and Taj Mahal, adding her own jazz influences and a singer-songwriter tinge.

Review: Vieux Farka Touré, The Secret

Vieux Farka Touré The Secret [Six Degrees Records (2011)] If that name sounds familiar, well, Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the renowned guitarist Ali Farka Touré from Mali, the West African country much touted as the ultimate home of the blues. While the elder Touré helped to define his country’s musical heritage for the West through […]

Review: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

Driftwood’s had a few recent posts focusing on West African guitar-driven music, so how about an overview? Unfortuntately, it turns out that the “African Guitar Legends” is a little more expansive than can be encompassed on a single Rough Guide. Add a comment if you can think of another guitarist that should have made the […]

Feature Review: Terakaft, Aratan N Azawad

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Reviews: Vieux Farka Toure, Live; and King Sunny Ade, Baba Mo Tunde

Touré and Adé: The son of a guitar legend steps out of his father’s shadow, and we have the first album in five years from an artist who is otherwise one of the most prolific on the planet.