VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)
VIEUX FARKA TOURE (MALI)
“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.
Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux has three studio albums and one live release to date. On his first self titled release, Vieux pays homage to his father and follows Ali’s musical tradition, giving new versions of the West African music that is echoed in the American blues. The album features Toumani Diabaté, as well as his late father.
On his second record, Fondo on Six Degrees (2009), Vieux branched out and presented his own sound: while remaining true to the roots of his father’s music he uses elements of rock, Latin music, and other African influences. The album received a great deal of critical acclaim from across the globe, and Vieux was clearly moving out of his father’s shadow.
In June 2010 Vieux released his live album with tracks recorded in Australia, with the track “Walaidu” featuring Jeff Lang.
In 2011 Vieux released his 3rd studio album, The Secret, so named because the listener will hear the secret of the blues with a blend of generations from father to son. It was produced by guitarist Eric Krasno (of the Soulive trio) and features South African-born vocalist Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks on electric slide guitar and jazz guitarist John Scofield. The title track is the last collaboration between Vieux and his late father.
“Vieux Farka Touré has really found his place with the legacy of his father as a dynamic figure in contemporary African music.” **** Evening Standard
“Vieux is on fire, consolidating his African blues roots and linking the cultural bridge to American blues …” Middle Boop Mag
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