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Audio: Vieux Farka Touré's New Single "Aigna (Feat. Derek Trucks)" + U.S. Tour Dates


There’s a good chance that you’ve already seen gifted singer and transcendent guitarist Vieux Farka Touré perform. Assuming that you were among the 1 billion people who watched the World Cup last year, you would have seen Touré kick off the continent’s first World Cup in style, soulful funky style. If you didn’t see it, well... you should be ashamed of yourself. What was more important than watching the world’s premiere sporting event? I’m very disappointed in you.

But hey, now you have a chance to redeem yourself. Mali’s greatest guitar player (Not counting Vieux’s late father, Ali Touré, of course) has kicked off a new tour ahead of the release of his upcoming album The Secret, due out May 24. So far only May dates have been released, but he’s promised a more extensive schedule in the very near future.

Check out the 1st single, "Aigna (feat. Derek Trucks)" off his upcoming album The Secret (out May 24th).



Click after the jump for full tour dates.

Vieux Farka Touré U.S. Tour Dates:

Mon. May 16, 2011

Master Class with Vieux Farka Toure

St. Cyprian’s Church, San Francisco, CA

Tue. May 17, 2011

Mystic Theater

Petaluma, CA

Wed. May 18, 2011

The Center for the Arts

Grass Valley, CA

Thu. May 19, 2011

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

Fri. May 20, 2011

The Living Traditions Festival

Salt Lake City, UT

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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