I’ve been getting deeper and deeper into the hypnotic albums by Ali Farka Touré – especially his early stuff. After discovering him through the 1974 set “Ni Foli” last may, other albums are slowly finding their way to my doorstep (30-40 year old popular records from Mali require patience, and clean and affordable copies are few and far between).
Today, I’m happy to be able to share another piece of Farka Touré’s discography with you. This 1984 album doesn’t have an official title, but is often referred to as “Red”. You can see why. In the course of eight tracks, the master guitarist pulls you in, and once there it is hard to leave. Gentle yet strong, plaintive yet optimistic, I sometimes feel this album has everything I’m after in music. Looking for more information or context? Check out the biography linked to above, check out more artists who sing in the Bambara language, read about Mali and realise that the country is going through an ugly phase right now. Feel free to give me a shout if you’re looking for more musical gold from the region!