The son of the late, great Ali Farka Touré definitely does not live under his father’s shadow. After his impressive self-titled debut two years ago, he emerges with “Fondo” (Six Degrees), a disc that explores and expands Malian blues under a more global perspective.
Since his first disc came out, Touré has been on a whirlwind of activity—in 2008 year, he went on extensive US tours and also appeared alongside Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Senegalese multi-instrumentalist Cheik Lô on “Say It Loud: I’m Black And I’m Proud,” a tribute to James Brown that included a concert at New York’s Lincoln Center and he also participated on the “In The Name Of Love: Africa Celebrates U2” compilation with a very personal cover of “Bullet The Blue Sky.”
On his new CD, Touré seems to have picked up a lot of influences from music he has heard along the road: “Diaraby Magni” pays homage to the roots reggae of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, while the “Chérie Lé” has a clear Brooklyn vibe thanks to Tim Keiper’s rock-inflected drumming.
Not that Touré has drifted from his native African roots—one of the most beautiful moments on the disc is the slow-tempo “Paradise,” which features Toumani Diabaté on the Kora, a 21-string harp-like instrument commonly used by West African musicians. Another highlight is “Slow Jam,” an improvised blues piece where Touré showcases his strong improvisational skills. (Ernest Barteldes)
April 15, 8pm, Martyrs’, 3855 North Lincoln, (773)404-9494. $25.