Mon Pays

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release for the son of late Malian bluesman Ali Farka Touré includes appearances by Sidiki Diabáte and Idan Raichel.
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  1. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    He celebrates Malian music first with a traditional song, and then revives his father's Safare, which sets the mood for his own elegant desert blues.
  2. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    His vision of how to build bridges between his own music and the music others is already his own, and Mon Pays puts it on brilliant display.
  3. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    The use of the light, nimble calabash instead of drums helps craft a subtle, hypnotic sound that eschews the rock dynamics recently incorporated by the likes of Tinariwen or Tamikrest. This approach creates music that is somehow simultaneously vibrant and contemplative.
  4. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    If Vieux Farka Touré‘s guitar helps the songs take flight, Sidiki Diabate’s kora and the feverish percussion section keep them in the air. The deserts of West Africa are evoked again and again.
  5. Uncut
    Aug 29, 2013
    70
    Mon Pays draws defiant inspiration from the recent crisis in Mali. [Oct 2013, p.67]
  6. Aug 29, 2013
    70
    He roots a set in Mali's rich acoustic traditional music.
  7. Mojo
    Dec 18, 2013
    60
    It feels like a big step forward. [Jan 2014, p.101]