Global Music Lunchtime Concert Series "Vieux Farka Toure: Hendrix of the Sahara"

12:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Contact Name:
Marié Abe
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. 
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. Famous for his June 2012 performance at the opening concert for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Vieu’x 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). With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians.