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Vieux Farka Touré – Fafa

The son of Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, whose music has been called the “DNA of the blues.” I think his music can easily be compared to dub: he layers rhythms and timbres, fills up and carves out, in the way I think good dub artists aspire to do. This song in particular has so many…temperatures – like a river that runs smooth and sunny-warm at the top, and all rocky cold current beneath.


Written by bellaheureuse

February 16, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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  1. Ali Farka Toure does sound more like dub than like blues. I think the bluesman tag has been misapplied in his case, largely as a marketing ploy for non-African listeners. But the more you hear of his guitar playing (which isn’t a western instrument, or with common tuning), the less he sounds like a bluesman.
    Still, he’s a great musician and a great guitarist. If calling him a bluesman gets his music better known, go for it.


    February 16, 2010 at 7:24 pm

  2. that’s your p’tite doigt!!

    liz rose

    February 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm

  3. Could you please write a bit about dub? After listening I would like to know more. It’s like his riffs and chords tickle something inside my ear, far inside, with a spilling kind of rhythm.


    February 18, 2010 at 4:59 am

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