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Summer Music Preview: The Season's Must-Hear Albums

Vieux Farka Toure, 'Mon Pays' (5/28)


Vieux Farka Toure
Courtesy Six Degrees Records
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Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré will release Mon Pays (translation: My Country) on May 28th, an album dedicated to his home country, which has been ravaged by fighting between the Tuareg people and Islamic rebels since January 2012. The nimble-fingered guitar player began planning the album before the fighting broke out, and in the time since, Touré has developed what was going to be a studio effort honoring the acoustic blues tradition of Mali into a record that pays homage to the beauty and culture of his country as a whole.


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