Video: Voices United for Mali – “Mali-ko” (Peace)


In hopes to heal and unite the violence-stricken Mali, singer Fatoumata Diawara brought together a “supergroup” of Malian music talent to sing “Mali-Ko” (Peace). Participants include Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangare, Vieux Farka Toure, Khaira Arby, and Toumani Diabate.

New Release: The Touré-Raichel Collective – ‘The Tel Aviv Session’ + Tour Dates


Simply divine. The Touré-Raichel Collective is composed of the highly lauded Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) and Idan Raichel (Israel), who were brought together during a serendipitous encounter at a German airport.

The Tel Aviv Session is the product of an impromptu afternoon jam session that took place after the duo’s performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010. The entirely improvised acoustic recoding features Vieux and Idan, as well as Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and Malian calabash player Souleymane Kane. A little mind blowing to think that this was all off the cuff – insane talent.

The entire album is streamable below, and we are pretty much beside ourselves here. A must listen. Be sure to catch these gentlemen on their North American tour as well – tour dates after the jump.

Tour Dates after the jump

Video: Vieux Farka Touré – “All the Same” ft. Dave Matthews


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Vieux Farka Touré recently released the latest video from his new album, The Secret. Kids in the woods seems to be the theme. We’d listen to this song in the woods – or anywhere, really. Perfectly mellow mood music; Our suggestion: warm up some tea on these last few cool days, turn it up, and zone out.

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New Release: Vieux Farka Touré’s The Secret + MP3


Vieux Farka Touré is one to know; after all, he did perform in front of a billion people at the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. Not surprisingly, he’s become “one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history.” His latest record, The Secret, was released late last month and is produced by Eric Krasno of the famed Soulive. The feature list is also impressive, including guest spots from Dave Matthews, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, and of course his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré. Enjoy the exclusive free download of “Aigna” (Feat. Derek Trucks) below!

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The Official 25th Switchstance Radio Show

radioshow-251Listen and download the latest radioshow from Switchstance Records, brought to you by Tom Strauch and Protassov. Their official 25th show features music by Vieux Farka Toure, Ancient Astronauts, RJD2, Blockhead, Breakestra, The Beatstalkers and more. (To download: click the down-arrow on the right side of the Soundcloud player.)

For more mixes and videos, visit the Switchstance blog.



Switchstance Radioshow 25 by Switchstance Recordings

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