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VIEUX FARKA TOURE plus Markus James - SOLD OUT!!!

February 03, 2013

“The son of the late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré inherited his dad’s dazzlingly fluid phrasing but clearly also digs the fiery African blues rock of bands like Tinariwen. Here, he joins American peers for a crossover set that slays”- Rolling Stone (full article)

Sunday, Feb 3

  • 7pm $25 - SOLD OUT!!!




Vieux Farka Toure -- guitar (elec and acoustic), vocals
Tim Keiper -- drums, percussion, calabash

Aly Magassa -- acoustic guitar, vocals
Mamadou Sidibe -- bass, vocals

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara,” 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 disapproved 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 was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.

In 2005, Eric Herman (still Vieux’s manager today) of Modiba Productions expressed an interest in producing an album for Vieux; this led to Vieux’s self-titled debut album, released by World Village in 2007. Ali Farka Touré’s work to tackle the problem of malaria is continued as 10% of proceeds are donated to Modiba’s “Fight Malaria” campaign in Niafunké through which over 3000 mosquito nets have been delivered to children and pregnant women in the Timbuktu region of Mali. On this first album, 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. One of the tracks, ‘Courage’, is on the soundtrack of the film The First Grader (2010).

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 performed at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. That month Vieux also released his first live album, LIVE. His live performances are highly energized and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers (though Vieux does speak 8 languages).

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.

With the heralded release of The Secret, Vieux Farka Toure has clearly established himself as one of the world’s rare musical talents and guitar virtuosos with a distinct style that always pays homage to the past while looking towards the future. Vieux Farka Toure's website


"Africa and Mississippi come together"—BLUES REVUE

Markus James has been recording and performing original Blues-based music with traditional West African musicians since 1994 when he first made his way to the village of Niafounke, Mali, home of the legendary Sonrai musician Ali Farka Toure. Markus' critically acclaimed Mali-based albums have been warmly received in the US and Europe, and he was honored to have tracks included on two highly-regarded compilations of desert blues, alongside such great artists as Ali FarkaToure, Robert Plant, Baaba Maal, and Tinariwen.  His collaborations with three Malian music masters was the subject of the award-winning documentary "Timbuktoubab", seen on many PBS stations around the US and in Europe.  Markus performed three years at the legendary Festival in the Desert near Timbuktu, and at the two tribute concerts in Mali for his friend and inspiration Ali Farka Toure.

Markus' latest album, Snakeskin Violin, featuring collaborations in Mali and North Mississippi, has appeared on NPR's "AllThings Considered", House Of Blues Radio Hour, Blues Deluxe, and XM Cafe.

For this show he will be joined by two members of his US-based touring band, Amadou Camara (Guinea) and Arsene Kounde (Benin). Markus James' website