Premiere: Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin – A’Bashiye (It’s Alright)

Born out of an impromptu studio session in New York, Touristes brings together Malian singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré with American vocalist Julia Easterlin. Written in a white-hot burst of inpsiration in the space of a few hours, the album examines their respective musical roots through a series of original songs and covers (including Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ and Fever Ray’s ‘I’m Not Done’).

‘A B’ashiye (It’s Alright)’ was an instant standout for us, giving us a mere five seconds to get acquainted before Touré’s commanding guitar work grabs you. This is one of the album’s most powerful illustrations of his world-renowned reputation as the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara’ and Easterlin makes no qualms in letting it take centre stage, offering a modest wordless vocal backdrop. Electric riffs combine with an uplifting rhythm, while Touré’s and Easterlin engange in a playful call and response of the title phrase. A collision of contemporary and traditional sounds, ‘A B’ashiye’ provides a moment in the album that is both warming and haunting in equal measure.

Touristes LP is out 30th October on Six Degrees Records. Read more about the project and buy the album from the Touristes website.

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