Vieux Farka Toure, son Ali Farka Toure – arguably Africa’s most well-known musician – has remixed his debut album to make it ready for “the dance floor," and dubbed it Remixed: UFOs Over Bamako.
With the help of various DJs, and the addition of numerous strings, voices, and percussion, Farka Toure’s beautifully sparse debut is made club-ready, full of hypnotic beats and dance-heavy grooves. This is great if that is your thing, but in the process, the album lost some of the quiet intensity and hushed aggression, replaced by the occasional in-your-face, bass-heavy groove.
The beauty of the original was how the quiet seemed almost as important as the music itself. That quiet has now been filled, and some of the best parts of the original lost. I like my Farka Toure acoustic and hushed; I think I will stick with the original.