Magazine article New Internationalist

Touristes

Magazine article New Internationalist

Touristes

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Touristes

by Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin

(Six Degrees Records 657036-1230-2-1 CD + download)

Guitar meets voice; Mali superstar meets quirky Brooklyn performance artist - and what an amazing pairing this is. Much has been written about the to-and-fro relationship of African and American guitar music, that rich conversation that started with African proto-blues and continues to this day with musicians genuinely interested in exploring commonalities and differences. However, this collaboration between Vieux Farka Touré - the guitarist often referred to as the new Jimi Hendrix - and Julia Easterlin is stunning in all the new avenues it opens up.

Touristes - each musician acknowledges their status in the other's music - does this by importing one style into another song format. 'In the Pines', the traditional Appalachian murder ballad (Nirvana covered it as 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night? …

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