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Vieux Farka Touré - "Ana" Remix Contest Annouced
Published January 30, 2007

Creative Commons, Modiba Productions and Global Beat Fusion are pleased to present the Vieux Farka Touré / "Ana" Remix Contest. Vieux Farka Touré — a highly talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and percussionist from Mali — is offering the audio source files from the song “Ana” online under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license, so that producers worldwide can use the sounds in remixes and new compositions.

How to Participate:

Entry Period: The Contest's audio elements will go online at 9:00 a.m. PT on January 24, 2007. You may enter the Contest by uploading your remixes to http://ccmixter.org from 12:00 a.m. PT on February 7, 2007 until 9:00 p.m. PT on March 7, 2007.

Source Materials: Download the separated audio elements of Vieux Farka Touré’s “Ana”.

To hear the album version of "Ana," visit Vieux Farka Touré's MySpace page.

Scoring

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria

· Creativity (70% of overall score)
· Production quality (30% of overall score)

Prize

After all eligible entries have been received, Eric Herman and Jesse Brenner of Modiba Productions and Derek Beres of Global Beat Fusion will be selecting the best remix. The winning remix will be included on Modiba Productions’ “Vieux Remixed” CD compilation.

About Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré is the son of the late international superstar and two-time Grammy Award-winner Ali Farka Touré. An historic passing of the torch from father to son is represented by Vieux’s debut. He has crafted a globalminded style all his own with original compositions displaying flourishes of rock and reggae amidst Saharan Blues and traditional Malian melodies. Vieux Farka Touré is ushering in the next generation of Mali blues on his self-titled debut album which features Ali himself on two remarkable pieces. These tracks are the only existing recordings of father and son playing together, and are amongst the final recorded material of Ali before his death. The album also features two magnificent guest performances by the Grammy Award-winning kora master Toumani Diabaté.

“Vieux Remixed” takes these beautiful acoustic recording and readies them for the dance floor. Working with the gorgeous strings, able voice and stellar percussion of the original, DJs such as Cheb I Sabbah, Karsh Kale, Nickodemus and Yossi Fine have created rich renditions ready for bass-heavy speakers. Ranging from hypnotic soundscapes to dance floor crushers, “Vieux Remixed” matches the diverse style of the young virtuoso himself. Rounding out the incredible cast of remixers, the album also features Chris Annibell, Eccodek, DJ Center, DK & Cenzo and Fabian Alsultany.

Ten percent of proceeds from both albums go towards Bée Sago to fight against malaria in Niafunke, the home region of the Farka Touré family in Northern Mali. Bée Sago, a local award-winning organization, affiliated with UNICEF, specializes in the manufacture and distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children and pregnant mothers in Mali.

Modiba is a music production company and record label committed to the social and economic empowerment of Africa and its Diaspora. They are the creators of ASAP: the Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project, which has raised over $135,000 for the refugees of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

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