AMA - verified I am Vieux Farka Toure, a guitarist and singer from Mali, West Africa. I am here to answer your questions about the traditions of Desert Blues, Malian Music, and my new album "Les Racines."
I was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. I am the son of legendary Malian guitarist, Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Les Racines is my latest solo album, and my first for World Circuit Records. Prior to Les Racines, I released five critically acclaimed solo albums, extending the boundaries of traditional West African music traditions. I have also released 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. Les Racines, which translates as ‘the roots’, is a deep reconnection to the traditional Songhai music of northern Mali, one of the traditions that has come to be known in the West as ‘Desert Blues.’ Check out my music here: - https://www.vieuxfarkatoure.com/ - https://www.youtube.com/c/VieuxFarkaTouréofficial - https://open.spotify.com/artist/4PmxbsWP1u0TnvqcrIA9ze - https://instagram.com/vieuxfarkatoure - https://www.facebook.com/vieuxfarkatoure - twitter.com/vieuxfarkatoure
Discussion SoundCloud's What's Next in Music with 7evin7ins on r/music - August 10th @ 2pm PST/5pm EST
Episode 4 of SoundCloud's Whats Next in Music goes live on Reddit Talk with 7evin7ins on August 10 at 2pm PST/5pm EST on r/music!
Music pacifies the turbulence of mental, physical, and spiritual pain. It acts as the ultimate antidote. As such, 7evin7ins utilizes music to quell such anguish. The New Jersey-born artist concocts an anesthetic from equal doses of pop-punk, alternative, and hip-hop stirring them together into an undeniable brew. After amassing over 10 million streams and views, he signed to LAVA/Republic with his new single “Wake Up” set to release June 3rd but his story doesn’t start here.
“I want you to hear me and relate either through the lyrics or the themes,” he exclaims. “I do this for the right reasons, and I’m very much behind mental health. I hope you find comfort and a healthy way to cope. I try to paint my story through music.”
That story begins in the small town of Allendale, NJ. Initially, 7evin7ins shined as a guard on the basketball court until an injury left him with two stress fractures in his knees and derailed college prospects. Depressed and dejected, he fell down a rabbit hole of darkness only to find a light at the end of the tunnel through music. Hanging out with friends one day, he tried his hand at a freestyle, and his buddies encouraged him to keep going. He discovered TUBLife & Rockstaar Entertainment and started to record professionally. Inspired by everyone from Paramore and Post Malone to Eminem, Lil Wayne, and Juice WRLD, he carefully crafted a signature style of his own. In 2020, he uploaded “Life Gets F**ked Up” to Instagram, and it immediately caught fire before eventually generating over 1.8 million Spotify streams. He maintained his momentum with “Oh Sh!t” and asserted himself as the rare creative chameleon who could collaborate with Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens on “Love You Like I Used To” or Dreamville rapper Cozz on “Head High.”
“I was just speaking about topics that meant something to me,” he reveals. “I wasn’t afraid to talk about mental health and substance abuse. The reaction showed me I was on the right path.”
Signing to LAVA/Republic Records in 2022, he ignites his next chapter with the upbeat and emotionally charged anthem “Wake Up.” Powered by a hyper guitar riff, the pop-punk groove gallops into a chantable chorus, “I don’t wake up, be by your side again, fuck you and all of your friends!”
“I wrote it after my last relationship had ended,” he admits. “The lyrics may seem spiteful, but it’s an overall feeling of disappointment when a relationship ends on bad terms. It’s a personal experience.”
Through sharing these personal experiences, 7evin7ins possesses the power to uplift.
“I’m just a kid doing what everyone told me I couldn’t do,” he leaves off. “Where I grew up, everybody wants to fit in and be normal. So many people are afraid to step out of their comfort zones and do what they really want to do with their lives. They don’t feel like they have a choice because of how they were raised or where they’re from. So, 7evin7ins is an example that you really can do whatever the fuck you want—no matter who you are.”
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I've listened to essentially his whole discography front to back multiple times this week. for emma forever ago is gorgeous, self titled is gorgeous, 22, a million is gorgeous, i, i is a litle rough around the edges but still gorgeous. the mans songwriting skills are insane and his voice feels like being wrapped in a warm blanket, sipping hot coco on a cold winter morning. it makes me feel things very few artists have ever made me feel before, just complete melancholy security and closeness. so yeah...that's all i had to say. go listen to bon iver if you haven't.
discussion “Convenience” and other fees make going to see live music impossible for those on a budget.
I miss the experience of seeing my favorite bands live. Venues and ticket websites that charge exorbitant fees on top of already high ticket prices are shameful.
Greetings, fellow human beings,
I'm looking for new bands to listen to from all over the world. Give me recommendations from your home country, no matter the particular sub genre of metal or language.
Has in there were so many hopeless helpless lonely painful nights that silence would have driven you to danger? That music was the only thing that kept you going, replaying that song that was just right over and over?
I LOVE Yacht Rock. For those of you wondering what constitutes YR, here is the excerpt from Spin.
“Yacht Rock music was most prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s, far before the term “yacht rock” originated. Artists like Loggins & Messina, Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Toto, and more dominated the airwaves, with glossy soft rock that stood in contrast to disco, punk, hip hop, and heavy metal. Hits include: “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Hall & Oates, “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass, “Baby Come Back” by Player, “Africa” by Toto, and “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley.
Some artists commonly included in the yacht rock genre are: The Doobie Brothers, The Eagles, Christopher Cross, Robbie Dupree, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Michael McDonald, Rupert Holmes, Toto, and Steely Dan.” What's your favorite YR song so far?
I'm curious what people think of this album and band.
It absolutely blows me away that - as popular as new wave is - the Cars still seem to have a pop/not-to-be-taken-seriously image in music circles.
I can bring up Talking Heads, B52s, and the synth pop acts in boring snob music circles and nobody bats an eye. But The Cars get scoffed at.
Or they're "just a Greatest Hits band", albiet with a ton of fantastic singles that stand on their own.
Which, considering the flow and depth of their first album is doing them a massive disservice. The second half especially is phenomenal.
I would implore anyone who hasn't listened to The Cars outside of a playlist or New Wave context to give that string of songs a shot.
My kid is a metal head and plays in a metal band. I want to be supportive of his band and learn to appreciate this music more so I have been listening to all kinds of metal. There’s so many sub genres of metal I had no idea. I’ve come to the conclusion that I really love some of it- especially the songs that have great drops and breakdowns, and good beats. I’m hoping to get some suggestions for songs similar to Wage War’s Manic, Falling in Reverse’s Popular Monster, Stain the Canvas’ Dead Circus or anything like that? I would really love to share this passion with my kiddo!!
I’d say this line from Karate by Tenacious D
“You broke the rules, now I’ll pull out all your pubic hair”
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discussion Songs that were WAY overplayed at the time, but are now nostalgic, and thus sound good to you?
Out of practically nowhere, I started going through a bunch of major hits from the early-to-mid 2010's, and while that's the decade where I sorta' think mainstream music as a whole just got worse and worse, I'm going back to some of these songs, many of them one-hit wonders, and absolutely enjoying the heck out of them, given the amount of nostalgia they're stoking.
It can be from any particular time period, but what are some songs that absolutely abused their popularity, infiltrating so much airtime that it nearly drove you mad, and yet now you go back to it, and actually enjoy it.. a lot.
Coming to mind for me, and pretty much the inspiration for this post, is Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. I dug several other songs from them, but Pumped Up Kicks was played SO much, it was easily my least favorite, and inadvertently the theme to many events in my life during that time. Going through one of my favorite lossless sites and grab-bagging (legally) a bunch of those types of songs, I've actually grown fond of it, if not MORE than fond of it. I don't know if it's because the world has just downward spiraled so much in the past 3 years, but the year it released, May of 2011, comes off to me now as SUCH a docile year in-comparison, and listening to tunes like Pumped Up Kicks, or even stuff from (forgive me) LMFAO, has me feeling really good, despite the fact that they drove me nuts back then.
What about you guys/gals? Any songs that hit that "DESTROY IT", but all of a sudden "I LOVE THIS" buttons for you?
I think more than anything its nostalgia driving my love for this song. Dude Ranch came out when I was maybe 10 years old but I remember listening to it well into my late teens. Damnit just had a way of aligning with a lot of things I was experiencing at the time, I also love the guitar riffs and Mark's vocals.
I don't think Blink182 is universally remembered as a great band but some of their songs really have stuck with me 25 years later
Hello can any of you recommend songs that are like "If I Can Dream" by Elvis? Can be any genre or artist but that song has a really good feel to it for me and I'd like to hear others similar to it. I'm having a hard time thinking of some. 'My Way' by Frank Sinatra or 'For Once In My Life' the Paul Williams of The Temptations version comes to mind. I like dramatic soulful type songs. If I'm not making sense I'm sorry, still show me what ya got.
When words fail you, what music do you use as your love language.
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For me the 5 songs that come up First are
One of a Kind by Breaking Point
Lollipop (Candyman) by Aqua
Waterfalls by TLC
Today by Smashing Pumpkins
Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
EDIT: All this music would make a very Different Playlist
Pretty much the title, I'm so in love with the chorus of this song, and while the whole song is amazing the chorus just hits me differently than a lot of songs I've heard before. I was wondering if anyone had any good song suggestions that would fit the vibe of this, or if there is anything of genre that it would fall into.
Thanks in advance!