Australasian Tour 2016-2017

The Hendrix of the Sahara…” All Music Guide

Vieux Farka Toure’s group is the best fucking rock band in the world” – Don Was (Producer: Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan)

Mali has a new guitar God, and his name is Vieux Farka Toure” – FADER

Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006.

Fresh off opening the World Cup and bringing down houses on 4 continents last year, Vieux Farka Touré is poised to become Africa’s preeminent axe-man. Vieux Farka Touré’s career in music would never have happened if his illustrious parent, African blues legend Ali Farka Touré, had his way. Ali felt that the music business was a harsh place to work and preferred that Vieux enlist in the army. But young Vieux, destined for the stage, honed his skills on the guitar in secret and eventually found a mentor in Toumani Diabate, and his own talents eventually convinced the elder Farka Touré that a second generation of music prowess was inevitable.

This is music from a contemporary Africa – urban, sophisticated, globally connected but deeply proud of its ancient heritage. This is the old/new Africa that Vieux represents. Vieux’s is the music of an Africa that rocks, and yet still hears the camel’stread in the sand. It is this unique combination of stunning guitar virtuosity and North Malian traditional roots that have prompted many critics and fans alike to dub Vieux “The Hendrix of the Sahara”.

“Vieux Farka Touré has really found his place with the legacy of his father as a dynamic figure in contemporary African music.” ****Evening Standard

“He can hold his own with any of the guitar greats, from any era.”
-All Music Guide


Dec 2016 & Jan 2017: Australasian Tour

28th – 31st: Woodford Folk Festival

Sunday 1st: MONA, Hobart, TAS  


Wednesday 4th: Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD

Thursday 5th: Mullumbimby Civic Hall, Mullimbimby NSW

Friday 6th: Bellingen Memorial Hall, Bellingen NSW

Saturday 7th: Summer Of Soul Festival, Meeniyan VIC

Sunday 8th Caravan Club, Oakleigh VIC

Friday 13th: Shanghai Symphony Hall, China

Sunday 15th: Beijing

Links: (Feat. Jeff Lang)


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