Mon Pays, the latest album from Vieux Farka Touré, transports listeners to the headlines of the richest days in Mali’s history. In the face of extremists out to obliterate all that is beautiful in the country, Mon Pays is a hopeful source of peaceful prospects. Opening track “Diack So” marks the beginning of a journey into a land of plenty. Tranquil yet weighty, every note on Mon Pays is delivered with the importance of a voice, guitar and music that could guide a silenced people. Okayafrica received inspiring answers from Vieux on the past and future of Malian pride. Mon Pays is available now via Six Degrees.