Posts Tagged ‘Desert Blues’

African Rhythms, KFAI 05/19/11

May 19, 2011

Gearing up for a summer of great shows we heard a set of contemporary desert blues on today’s edition of African Rhythms with tracks by Tinariwen and Bombino (coming to the Cedar in July) and Tamikrest (whose leader, guitarist Ousmane Ag Massa, first heard Tinariwen when he was five years old). Bill brought in some rare party music from Tanzania, Jojo shared some tracks from Kenya and Uganda, and we started off the whole thing with new music from two formidable sons of African superstars, Vieux Farka Touré and Femi Kuti. You can hear the show for two weeks via MP3 stream at the KFAI site.

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LP cover: Dit “Farka”

February 8, 2011

Ali Toure on Sonafric (France), 1979

Global Groove

Vieux Farka Toure in Bamako

August 13, 2008

Some guitar wizardry by Vieux Farka Toure at home in Bamako, courtesy of Modiba Productions. Vieux Farka Toure is part of the highly anticipated Still Black Still Proud tour (subtitle: The African Tribute To James Brown), put together by Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley from James Brown’s unforgettable seventies ensembles. They’ll be at the Dakota in Minneapolis on August 25, and according to the Dakota website, the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen will be part of the band, along with the amazing Senegalese singer Cheikh Lo.

Tinariwen at the Cedar 11/16/07

November 18, 2007

Electric Touareg music came to the Cedar Friday night for the second time in a year. The sound these sub Saharan warriors make is mesmerizing and powerful. Here’s a clip of them at Africa Calling in the UK in 2005.