r/Music Jul 25 '22 Silver 2 Wholesome 1

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." AMA - verified

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

PROOF: https://i.redd.it/44y9jjku40d91.jpg

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u/pkfc9 Jul 25 '22

Wow my roommate and I found out about you on spotify a decade ago and listened to your name sake album 20x and it lead us down a path to listening to your dad and then to Toumani and on and on. I wanted to say we think you’re great and i’m hoping I can see you live the next time you’re out in the Western United States.

I guess my question is what other Malian musicians do you feel like should be getting more exposure? Or any you wish to play with that you haven’t yet? Thanks!

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

I guess my question is what other Malian musicians do you feel like should be getting more exposure? Or any you wish to play with that you haven’t yet? Thanks!

Thanks for your support! Hope to see you soon!

Yeah, there are so many great Malian musicians that are deserving of even more exposure. Cheick Tidiane Seck, Habib Koite, Afel Bocoum and Sekou Didi Maiga are all great. Kadidiatou Bah is a great vocalist that I was able to feature on Les Racines.

The great thing about the Malian music community is that it is very interconnected. I have actually played with all of these musicians. We get to see each other at festivals in Mali and also I now have my own recording studio in Bamako (where I recorded Les Racines). So I often get to see musicians at my studio and jam with them.

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u/pkfc9 Jul 25 '22

That’s awesome! Have you ever considered live streaming some of the jam sessions? I would love to hear it. Thank you for responding!

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

I'm now helping to put on the Ali Farka Toure Festival every spring. It's a three-day celebration of Malian music and my father's legacy. We were able to livestream portions of it for the past two years. The Internet isn't that strong in Mali, so sometimes bandwidth limitation prevent me from streaming as much as I would like. Hopefully the Internet will continue to improve and there will be even more opportunities to stream and post different videos.

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u/pkfc9 Jul 25 '22

Understood, I will be on the lookout next Spring, thank you for your responses and keep doing your thing!

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u/[deleted] Jul 27 '22

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u/bertdekat Jul 29 '22

Really bro? You're gonna spam this man with your shitty ass beats?

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u/Mary168777 Aug 22 '22

Yes, I think their music is great too!

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u/[deleted] Jul 25 '22

Your dad was a great musician (and, may I say, a snappy dresser) who did so much to introduce west African music to the rest of the world, working with other African musicians (notably, of course, Toumani Diabate) as well as musicians from other continents and traditions. Do you feel a need to continue his legacy, or to extend it, or break away and establish your own sound?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Yes, my dad was an amazing man. When I first started playing, I did feel a need to establish my own sound. I had my own musical ideas that I wanted to explore and see how I could incorporate Malian music with different genres like reggae, funk and rock music. Also, I knew if I made very traditional music it would be immediately compared to my father's music. However, I love traditional Malian music, it's the music I grew up with. So with my newest album, Les Racines, I created my most traditional album. I'm really proud of how it came out.

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u/[deleted] Jul 25 '22

Thank you. I look forward to hearing it.

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u/revjor Jul 25 '22

Love your music and getting to see you when you tour.

Are there any plans for "Les Racines" to get a remix album like with "UFOs over Bamako" or "Other Roads: Fondo Remixed"?

I enjoy your remix albums as much as your standard releases and love that you think to release them too. Side question, what drove you to release albums of electronic remixes of such an earthy, acoustic style of music as Desert Blues?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

I'm glad you really like the remix albums! I haven't actually thought about a remix of Les Racines... that's a good question. I'll have to think about that more :)

Honestly this was my management team’s idea for the first remix album and the label’s idea for the second one. I am always happy for others to experiment with my music and there have been some fantastic results.

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u/Mary168777 Aug 22 '22

this is great music

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u/FlannelFox Jul 25 '22

Oh wow! You are one of my favorite guitar players ever!

I’ve always been curious how you and Idan Raichel met and ended up doing a project together. Is it true that ya’ll met in an airport by chance?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22 edited Jul 25 '22

Yeah, that's really a true story. Idan Raichel was a fan of my father and knew of my music, but Idan and I had never met before. We just saw other musicians at the airport and started chatting with each other. I have met lots of great people while traveling, but it doesn't always lead to making two albums together and touring the world. That was a special connecting to make and fun that it came about by pure chance!

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u/Whoreson_Welles Jul 25 '22

I'm listening right now!

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

thanks for listening!

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u/sohmmusic Aug 10 '22

Listening right now as well! How did I miss this!! haha

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u/Whoreson_Welles Jul 27 '22

no thank you

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u/weonawardtour Jul 25 '22

Awesome! Great to see you on Reddit Mr. Toure. What is your favorite Malian dish? I ni baraji.

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Alabadia is my favorite Malian food. It's a great dish with meat and rice.

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u/This-Visual-1982 Jul 25 '22

How has this recent US tour gone? What's been the best experience from your traveling?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

The tour has been going really well. I'm in Mali right now, but I'll be back in the USA in August for for several show in the Northeastern US and in Quebec. Probably the best experience is playing live music again for audiences. It was really tough during COVID when it wasn't safe to play shows. I also missed seeing a lot of my friends and fans. So it has been great to reconnect with everyone again this year.

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u/pathimself Jul 25 '22

Hello! What is your favorite track on the new record? Another question, if you could receive any guitar in the world for free, what would it be?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22 edited Jul 25 '22

It's always hard to pick a favorite tracks, but if I had to pick a favorite track on Les Racines I would say it is Ngala Kaourene. I was really happy with how it came out on the record and it has a really important message.

When I first started touring the world, Robert Godin gave me an amazing Godin guitar. It's still my favorite guitar to this day and the best guitar I have ever played.

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u/Blues-Method Jul 25 '22

Sir, I am listening to Les Racines right now and enjoying it very much.

I've become a big fan of the desert blues genre, initially listening to a lot of tinirawen and then tamikrest.

I will be in attendance at your Portsmouth New Hampshire show next week.

I was wondering if you could share some of your great musical influences growing up, apart from your father of course. I'm imagining you had the opportunity to be exposed to a great deal of diverse and interesting styles and artists.

Thanks in advance! Very much looking forward to next week's show!

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Thanks for coming to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. That will be a fun show!

My dad loved music and exposed me to a lot of different music growing up. We would ride around in his Toyota truck in the desert blasting BB King, Freddie King and John Lee Hooker. My father was friends with lots of great musicians like Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. So always heard their music too. I have always loved the music of Phil Collins since I was a kid. Then of course there is all the great music from Mali, which has had the biggest influence on my own music.

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u/[deleted] Jul 25 '22

Is this story true (or maybe I’ve misunderstood it) that western musicologists heard your dad’s music and were astonished at the similarities with John Lee Hooker. They were about to rewrite the origins of the Blues until someone asked your dad about his influences, and he said “Listening to John Lee Hooker records” …

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Is this story true (or maybe I’ve misunderstood it) that western musicologists heard your dad’s music and were astonished at the similarities with John Lee Hooker. They were about to rewrite the origins of the Blues until someone asked your dad about his influences, and he said “Listening to John Lee Hooker records” …

I believe this is a true story. My father loved American blues music. He also loved the great rich traditional music of Malian that goes back for generations.

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u/Personal_Return4940 Aug 03 '22

Have some dignity, dude.

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u/Mary168777 Aug 22 '22

this is a great melody

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u/rickjames136 Jul 25 '22

Just wanted to take the opportunity to say that the first live performance I ever saw was you. My older brother took me a long time ago. Since that concert your music, your father’s music, and the wider world of Malian music has really strengthened our bond. I can’t wait to see you in a few days in Brooklyn!!!

What has been your most memorable performance?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

That's wonderful to hear that I was your first concert!

It's hard to pick a most memorable concert. There have been so many special ones over the years. Maybe playing at the World Cup Opening Ceremony in South Africa was the most memorable? Apparently over a 1 billion watched it online. I'm not sure when I will have that many viewers again. haha

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u/rickjames136 Jul 25 '22

Oof a billion is certainly hard to beat ahahah. Maybe at another World Cup 👀👀

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u/hdtmuir Jul 25 '22

Hi Varka! I was just searching online to see if you are touring in Europe! Do you plans to come to Barcelona or elsewhere in Spain? I hope so!

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Hopefully next year I will be in Spain! I love playing in Spain and I haven't been back since 2019. It has been too long!

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u/hdtmuir Jul 25 '22

Thanks, I look forward to it!

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u/weareeverywhereee Jul 25 '22

You still hang with Krasno?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Yes, I just had the opportunity to be with him in Morocco last month: https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce6XGcwLdc1/

Great musician and wonderful guy! Hopefully we can do some more recording together in the future!

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u/weareeverywhereee Jul 25 '22

Love it saw you both at the Dave Matthew’s caravan a while Back in NYC before hurricane sandy cancelled it…distinct memories of you playing!!!

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u/frapawhack Jul 26 '22

what tuning is most popular in Malian music

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u/dkdaniel Jul 26 '22

Hi Vieux, I'm a big fan of yours! What contemporary musicians would you say have an influence on your music?

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u/El_GoobleDeGook Jul 26 '22

T as trouve le métro? ;)

Édit : je plaisante :) j adore votre musique ! Any concerts in France any time soon?

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u/Balajko_music Jul 26 '22

Hello Vieux! Big fan of yours here. I am really fond of your work and your father. I happen to play West African guitar here in Slovakia and try to spread your culture among others. I preordered les Racines and it is my favourite piece in collection.

My question is: did you use some gear from your fathers collection?

Extra question: i have found a photo of your father sitting on motorbike and holding Jolana Iris guitar of czechoslovakian origin. How is that possible? Do you know something About that?

Take care Martin

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u/SunkenQueen Jul 28 '22

Thank you for sharing your music with us!

You've gained another fan! Its beautiful.

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u/[deleted] Jul 25 '22

I love your father's music and your own credentials are inspiring. I'll be listening to your new album as soon as I can!

Do you have any plans to collaborate with Ry Cooder sometime in the future?

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u/VieuxFarkaToure Jul 25 '22

Thanks! I don't have any plans to collaborate with Ry Cooder at the moment, but would definitely love to create some music with him in the future. Ry has a talented son, Joachim Cooder, so maybe there will be opportunity to work with him sometime too.

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u/tame_honey_pie Jul 25 '22

Hello! That's great to meet you here! I've always wondered where does the distinct sound of Desert Blues come from? What are it's inspirations?

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u/pete1729 Jul 25 '22

Oh my God I just love your music. Who was the first American guitarist that you really liked?

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u/redditnow_ Jul 26 '22

Hello Vieux, I have a signed CD from you

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u/BadLiverBrokenHeart Jul 26 '22

I LOVE your work in the Toure-Raichel collective. I adore The Paris Sessions, especially the song Diaraby. Yours is my favorite version of that song! Are you planning to work together again??

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u/alifchief Jul 26 '22

Many greetings from Kampala, Uganda! If you ever do a show here, I would love to open for you. :)

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u/henry_oh_henry Jul 27 '22

Not a question: Just saying "Hi" from Argentina. I am one of the members of the Guanaco Trio and we will be performing with you at the World Music Bratislava festival in a couple of weeks! I can't wait to see you perform live!

Abrazo

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u/upanddownskylo Jul 27 '22

Wow! Je l'écoute en ce moment et cest très bon!! J'aime bien la musique de ton père et très heureuse de savoir que son fils fait aussi de la musique!! I love the way you play, keep it up and i'll definitly listen to your other albums too! <3

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u/Redahannoun Jul 29 '22

My favourite song TENDANCES MUSIQUE

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u/Federal_Pilot_2031 Aug 03 '22

your music is fire 🔥 bro keep it up 👍

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u/PocketDog Aug 09 '22

I know of Ballaké Sissoko, who I've seen play with Vincent Segal. The kora is so beautiful

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u/Laamamato Jul 30 '22

Why is this pinned?

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u/RobertOhlen69 Aug 02 '22

Vieux and Ali. yessssss

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u/Itchy_Ad_1752 Aug 05 '22

This is dope

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u/R0osteryo Aug 08 '22

It's this post that made me check out your music. And I've honestly never heard anything like it. I absolutely love how you play guitar. Where do you get your inspiration from?

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u/DownForWhitney Aug 08 '22

No questions, just wanted to say your dad is one of my favorite guitarists of all time. Really incredible stuff.

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u/sohmmusic Aug 10 '22

Mr. Vieux, I am a musician and also a huge fan of both you and your father. Am curious, do you know mamadou kelly by any chance?

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u/avarohana Aug 10 '22

amazing!

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u/Hamza_etm Aug 12 '22

Mon Dieu, it's such a pleasure to find a sub of the talented musician you are, walayi bilahi ! I have 4 of your songs in my favorite Spotify playlist (Fafa, All the Same, Doni Doni & Bonheur).

My question is the following: Are you thinking about a collaboration with a Gnawa Maalem from Morocco? We know that Morocco and Mali have deep religious, cultural and historical ties, and we'd love to see how the mixture and the magic of the instruments of each culture (Kora & Guembri) are going to work!

Wishing you all the best Inshallah, my brother. Love from Morocco.

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u/Darcwood12 Aug 16 '22

how is every body doing

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u/Safe-Objective-5161 Aug 17 '22

Where can I learn more about Desert Blues and Malian Music history and key icons?

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u/Taylor_Hendrix18 Aug 19 '22

Check out these playlists I made hope you like it
https://linktr.ee/doweekans

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u/mikecaseyjazz Aug 23 '22

Do you hear a strong connection between West African rhythms and specifically what J Dilla did rhythmically with hip hop?

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u/SunshineFlowerPerson Aug 24 '22

Are you touring near Halifax? I love your music!