Vieux Toure Farka - Les Racines | RECORD STORE DAY
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Les Racines is the 2022 solo album from the eminent guitarist and songwriter Vieux Farka Touré. 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.