I’ve been listening to the newest album by Vieux Farka Toure, a Malian guitarist, somewhat obsessively since I picked it up before going on vacation. The music is so compelling, so broad ranging, but I can listen to it at work without losing focus on what I’m doing – perfect!
I’m a big fan of West African music generally, but what I particularly like about Farka Toure’s instrumentalizing is the way he takes a modern electric guitar and makes it sing like a kora, a traditional west African instrument that sings to my soul. Especially amazing is the final track, Paradise, where Farka Toure plays a kora/guitar duet with legend Toumani Diabate (the link provides plenty of traditional kora music, as well as Diabate’s electric kora!). So. I highly recommend “Fondo”, the new album by Vieux Farka Toure, and think it’s going to be a good chunk of my summer listening.