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Voyageur

Ali Farka Touré

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The philosopher Heraclitus famously said, some years ago now, that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”; a poetic illustration of the world's existence in a constant state of flux. However, music lovers would tell you that some rivers stay the same. For example, the Mississippi and the Niger. One is rich with the silt of American blues, and the other, near Niafunké in Mali, is the spring of Ali Farka Touré’s music. In these two great rivers, that hum and roar with music, one can always return to bathe, and cleanse the ears and mind in their purity.


Voyageur, a posthumous release from Ali Farka Touré (who died in 2006), provokes this, standing out as one of his best from the very first tracks. Among these nine unreleased tracks, gathered by Ali Farka Touré (then his producer Nick Gold) over a period of fifteen years, we find the hypnotic and rhythmic pulse of the calabash, percussion that clatters and jingles, guitars and flutes that weave, a rocky voice answered by ample choirs, and songs shrouded in an ancestral yet accessible mystery. In terms of novelty, there are three tracks sung with Oumou Sangaré, and a saxophone features on a couple others. Ali Farka Touré's music, and this album in particular, is a veritable transcendent experience. These nine traveller's songs are raw, never over-produced, simple and full of nuance;   they will take the Ali Farka Touré across a great blue river, and into paradise. @ Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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1
Safari
00:05:48

John Hadden, Recorded by - Nick Robbins, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Afel Bocoum, Backing Vocals - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Percussion, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Yacouba Moumouni, Flute - Dilip Harris, Mixer - Oumar Touré, Backing Vocals, Congas - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Moussa Kone, Guitar - Etienne Mbape, Bass

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

2
Malahani
00:03:59

John Hadden, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Badi Ag Agali, Guitar

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

3
Sambadio (Acoustic)
00:05:12

Jerry Boys, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Afel Bocoum, Backing Vocals - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Souleymane Kane, Percussion

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

4
Bandolobourou (feat. Oumou Sangaré)
00:06:32

John Hadden, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, FeaturedArtist - Nick Robbins, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer, Guitar - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Adama Kone, Shaker, Claves Percussion - Adou Cissé, Tambura - Joël Terra, Percussion - Modibo Mintou Mariko, Bass

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

5
Cherie (feat. Oumou Sangaré)
00:05:47

John Hadden, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, FeaturedArtist - Nick Robbins, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

6
Kenouna
00:03:23

Traditional, Composer - John Hadden, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer, Shaker - Afel Bocoum, Backing Vocals - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Hama Sankare, Percussion, Backing Vocals - Ami Wassidjé, Backing Vocals - Delfine Maokoro, Backing Vocals - Fatoumata Diallo, Backing Vocals - Kadiatou Ba, Backing Vocals

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

7
Sadjona (feat. Oumou Sangaré)
00:04:55

Pee Wee Ellis, Saxophone, Arrangement Horn - John Hadden, Recorded by - Oumou Sangare, Composer, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Nick Robbins, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer, Guitar - Ali Farka Touré, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Emre Ramazanoglu, Mixer - Josh Arcoleo, Saxophone - Nabintou Diakite, Backing Vocals - Fatim Kouyaté, Backing Vocals - Hama Sankare, Percussion - lamine soumano, Percussion - Etienne Mbape, Bass - Joël Terra, Percussion

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

8
Sambadio (Electric)
00:03:48

Pee Wee Ellis, Saxophone, Arrangement Horn - John Hadden, Recorded by - Nick Robbins, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Afel Bocoum, Backing Vocals - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, Arrangement Horn, MainArtist - Steve Williamson, Saxophone - Nick Gold, Producer - Anthony Leung, Mixer - Oumar Touré, Backing Vocals, Congas - Hama Sankare, Backing Vocals

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

9
Kombo Galia
00:04:27

Jerry Boys, Recorded by - Vieux Farka Touré, Producer - Afel Bocoum, Backing Vocals - Ali Farka Touré, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Writer, MainArtist - Nick Gold, Producer - Ali Magassa, Guitar, Backing Vocals - Hama Sankare, Backing Vocals - Marriame Tounkara, Backing Vocals - Souleymane Kane, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Djembe Drums - Ami Wassidjé, Backing Vocals - Delfine Maokoro, Backing Vocals - Fatoumata Diallo, Backing Vocals - Kadiatou Ba, Backing Vocals - Tim Jenkinson, Mixer

© 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2023 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

Album review

The philosopher Heraclitus famously said, some years ago now, that “No man ever steps in the same river twice”; a poetic illustration of the world's existence in a constant state of flux. However, music lovers would tell you that some rivers stay the same. For example, the Mississippi and the Niger. One is rich with the silt of American blues, and the other, near Niafunké in Mali, is the spring of Ali Farka Touré’s music. In these two great rivers, that hum and roar with music, one can always return to bathe, and cleanse the ears and mind in their purity.


Voyageur, a posthumous release from Ali Farka Touré (who died in 2006), provokes this, standing out as one of his best from the very first tracks. Among these nine unreleased tracks, gathered by Ali Farka Touré (then his producer Nick Gold) over a period of fifteen years, we find the hypnotic and rhythmic pulse of the calabash, percussion that clatters and jingles, guitars and flutes that weave, a rocky voice answered by ample choirs, and songs shrouded in an ancestral yet accessible mystery. In terms of novelty, there are three tracks sung with Oumou Sangaré, and a saxophone features on a couple others. Ali Farka Touré's music, and this album in particular, is a veritable transcendent experience. These nine traveller's songs are raw, never over-produced, simple and full of nuance;   they will take the Ali Farka Touré across a great blue river, and into paradise. @ Stéphane Deschamps/Qobuz

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