I have decided to label music as it pertains to the country it comes from. I will introduce you to an artist from the country of Mali, located on the eastern side of the content of Africa. He goes by the name of Vieux Farka Touré. I came across this artist, as I do most of my world music, on YouTube. I clicked on his video and when the music started, I was immediately entranced by sounds of the guitar as well as the cool percussion. I do not know what the percussion instrument is, but it is indeed cool. This song is called ‘Aigna’. I do not know what it means, no do I care for now because this arrangement is awesome to listen to. The song seemed repetitive, but I could not bring myself to stop listening to it. I do know this artist is available on itunes.
‘The most important thing is for the people of Mali to remember that whatever is happening now, we all have a future and it is up to us to create it today,’ Touré says. ‘‘Peace’ is quite simple and speaks for itself. There is nothing more important to our country.’
The conflict in Mali includes a ban on music and a resurgence of slavery. Touré speaks directly to such tragedies on ‘Yer Gando.’ With its call-and-response style vocals and Souleyman Kane’s calabash rhythm, the song warns of foreign invaders robbing Mali of its heritage. Similarly, he declares that his nation belongs to every citizen on ‘Kele Magni.’ -http://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/vieux-farka-toure/
Vieux Farka Touré – Aigna