Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré has teamed up with Khruangbin for a new collaborative album, Ali, out September 23rd via Dead Oceans. Today, they’ve previewed the record with its lead single, “Savanne.”
The forthcoming eight-track album is named after Vieux Farka Touré’s late father and African desert blues pioneer Ali. Ali is made up of songs that were previously recorded and performed by Ali, but now, his son has covered them with Khruangbin.
“I want this album to convey love,” Vieux Farka Touré explains. “It is about the love that Ali brought into the world. It is about the love that I have for him and that Khruangbin has for his music. It is about pouring your love into something old to make it new again.”
Listen to “Savanne” below.
“We made this album to honour Ali’s life and body of work,” Khruangbin add. “We hope this collaboration enlightens more people to Ali’s musical legacy.”
The forthcoming album finds a delicate balance between Khruangbin’s psych-funk sounds and Vieux Farka Touré’s modern desert blues sound. The record features songs like “Lobbo,” “Diarabi,” and “Alakarra.”
Check out the tracklist for Ali below.
01 – “Savanne”
02 – “Lobbo”
03 – “Diarabi”
04 – “Tongo Barra”
05 – “Tamalla”
06 – “Mahine Me”
07 – “Ali Hala Abada”
08 – “Alakarra”
Vieux Farka Touré and Khruangbin are set to perform together for the first time in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on August 4th. They’re also both set to play Format Festival in Bentonville, Arkansas from September 23rd to 25th.