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Vieux Farka Touré (also June 8)

  • North Street Cabaret 610 North Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The Malian guitarist expands on an innovative tradition. Info, June 8 show info


Guitarist Vieux Farka Touré has been blending modern guitar styles with his Malian roots across a solo discography that began with a self-titled album in 2007. He's the son of Ali Farka Touré—a Malian guitar player who is often heralded as an influential bridge builder between American blues and traditional Mali music. But the younger Touré takes this innovation a step further by expanding on Latin jazz, American rock & roll, and broader influences from all over the world, a fusion he pulls off with an impressive dexterity on his instrument. Touré's songs also weave together traditional and modern percussion, often creating a booming classic-rock energy. His guitar playing is characterized by expertly precise noodling that falls into rhythmically hypnotic jams even as the notes scatter all over the place. "Bonheur," from his 2017 album, Samba ( a nickname for Vieux that means "second boy") is a great example of his sinuous grooves, and later on the album, a collaboration with singer Idan Raichal showcases Hebrew vocal traditions. —Reid Kurkerewicz

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