UFO’s Over Bamako

26 07 2007

Vieux Farka Toure

I had the pleasure of producing a new album of remixes coming out next month of Malian artist Vieux Farka Toure’s debut album. What follows is a very thoughtful feature written by LA-based writer Steve Hochman – DB

A Vieux to a Beat: Malian Singer Supports Remix of His Album
By Steve Hochman

Is anyone else weary of remix albums featuring “exotic” sounds from various cultures? Ever since M/A/R/R/S sampled Ofra Haza for ‘Pump Up the Volume’ and Michael Brook fashioned electro-ambient settings for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan tracks, there’s been a steadily accelerating glut of Arabic/African/Indian/wherever music turned into rave/chill-out/electronica/ whatever well past the cliché point. But there does still seem to be a market for that sort of thing.

“To be honest, I listen to the remixes more than the original album.”

That’s from Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré, and in this case he knows a bit about the original album in question. He made it. He’s discussing ‘”Remixed: UFOs Over Bamako,’ which features various DJs and producers reworking tracks from his recent international debut, ‘Vieux Farka Touré.’

Read the full story on Spinner.com

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