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Vieux Farka Touré has been turning heads since his 2009 release, Fondo, which peaked at #5 on Billboard's World Albums chart and was included on The Village Voice's Top 100 list. That release showcased a stirring mix of traditional instruments and modern production featuring bluesy, funky Afro-pop from West Africa.
Often referred to as "The Hendrix of the Sahara", Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali, in 1981. He is the son of late legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré. Vieux Farka Touré's fluid guitar runs have been known to both electrify and sooth as they merge Western rock influences with Saharan trance-blues groove into a sound uniquely his own.
In June 2010, Vieux performed at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. 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 eight languages.
This tour engagement of Vieux Farke Touré is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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