Julia Easterlin, a Georgia-born Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, met the renowned Malian guitarist and singer, Vieux Farka Touré, for a brief recording session in New York in 2014. Together they created four compositions in next to no time, and “Little Things” is one of them.
Although based on a classic West African song, “Kaira”, performed by Touré many times before, it has a new melody and lyrics written by Easterlin. Consequently, it’s not so much a combination as a fusion of their respective talents, embodying a creative synergy that accompanied the encounter.
The song also opens their recent album, “Touristes”, on which the duo collaborates with an ensemble of musicians to create lush and immersive sound. The album contains both traditional and original songs, with two additional covers of Bob Dylan and Fever Ray respectively. A truly eclectic mix that transcends space and time while sounding very consistent all the while.