Vieux Farka Toure

Date(s) - Thursday 10/24/2013 - 10/25/2013
11:00 pm - 1:00 am

With his 2010 World Cup performance before a billion people in Johannesburg, South Africa, Vieux Farka Touré has become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history. Dubbed the “Hendrix of the Sahara” by critics, Vieux Farka Toure is a guitar master–but he also plays the African kora, a combination drum and string instrument, and several other traditional African instruments. He mixes tradition from his roots in Mali, and inspiration from his father, Grammy-award winning Ali Farka Toure, with American blues and jazz. It’s simply impossible to burden Vieux with old associations. When you hear that guitar rip over those blues progressions, when you hear the electric buzz of his rock-influenced solos, you don’t stop to think what nation the man is from. You simply become engulfed in the music, which for Vieux is something beyond understanding with words.

WHEN? Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 7pm

WHERE? The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY)

“The deeply affecting, at times hypnotic album rises from simmering grooves enriched by Mr. Touré’s stinging solos on acoustic and electric guitars and Mr. Raichel’s cascading piano. It’s not so much a cross-cultural exercise as an exploration of common ground.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Simply divine…we are beside ourselves here.” – Giant Step


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