29 June 2010

Live Farka Toure, this summer!

His legendary father Ali Farka Toure laid the groundwork, now Vieux Farka Toure is proving that the deserts of Mali really do produce some of the finest guitarists on the planet. Fresh off his performance at the World Cup Celebration concert, he's got a new live album out, and a major world tour this summer.

Ali originally didn't want his son to follow in his artistic footsteps. "...my father didn't want me to become a professional musician. He planned for me to go into a military career," Vieux explains in an interview. "I guess, for me, it was almost a genetic passion from the beginning. And even my father came to recognize that and came to support my decision to play guitar and study it."

Recorded at venues in Australia, San Francisco, and Colorado, the album includes favorites such as "Slow Jam," "Diaraby Magni," and "Cherie Le" as well as the traditional song "Maiga," which Vieux has never before recorded. Using Sahara blues as his base, Vieux weaves a musical tapestry colored with elements of rock, reggae, and funk. 

I expect the late, great Ali would now be proud of what his son has accomplished. The CD hits stores today.

[mp3] Vieux Farka Toure: Diarby Magni
from the album Live

More Vieux Farka Toure:

North American dates:
Jul 27 2010 7:00P
Iron Horse Northampton, MA
Jul 29 2010 12:00P
BAM Blues Festival Brooklyn, NY
Jul 31 2010 4:00P
Canmore Folk Festival Canmore, AB
Aug 4 2010 8:00P
West End Cultural Center WINNIPEG, MB
Aug 6 2010 6:00P
Edmonton Folk Festival EDMONTON, AB
Aug 9 2010 9:00P
Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Aug 10 2010 9:00P
Aug 11 2010 8:00P
Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
Aug 13 2010 8:00P
Beloved Festival CORVALLIS,OR
Aug 15 2010 12:00P
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival San Francisco, CA
Aug 17 2010 7:30P
Frank’s Place Fresno, CA
Oct 18 2010 7:30P
Center for the Arts JACKSON,WY
Oct 20 2010 7:30P
Christopher Cohan Center San Luis Obispo, CA
Oct 21 2010 8:00P
Viejas Casino SAN DIEGO, CA
Oct 22 2010 8:00P
Royce Hall Los Angeles, CA
Oct 23 2010 8:00P
Paramount Theatre (SFJazz Festival) Oakland, CA
Oct 24 2010 8:00P
Veterans’ Hall Grass Valley, CA

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1 comment:

Cyber PR said...

I find it very interesting that Vieux Farka Toure's father, himself a musician, would not want his son to become a musician. But from what I can tell, we should be very glad he ignored his father's wishes. A touching blog, thank you!