Vieux Farka Touré - The Secret (4 stars)

Album of tracks that decorate rather than eclipse Malian blues and his father's legacy

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Vieux Farka Touré - The Secret

(Six Degrees)

Anyone watching the 2010 South African World Cup opening concert will have seen Vieux Farka Touré showing he is no longer merely walking in father Ali’s footsteps. This album sees Vieux recording in Brooklyn and Bamako, developing collaborative grooves that decorate rather than eclipse Malian blues.

Jazz futurist Eric Krasno’s production invites collaborators like Eric Herman, Derek Trucks and notably singer Dave Mathews on board. The title track sees Vieux duet posthumously with Ali, while John Scofield offers a sublime rock framing for Gido. All it lacks is some occasional airy female choruses.

Vieux Farka Touré - "The Secret" New Album

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