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Catch Some “Desert Blues” at Its Very Best as Malian Superstar Vieux Farka Toure Comes to Boston: August 24th, Wednesday @ 9:00 p.m.
Vieux Farka Toure is all the rage in his homeland of Mali and is fast becoming so on the world music scene in the international arena, as well. Hailed by many as the “North African Jimi Hendrix” Toure is currently considered to be a true leader amongst his contemporaries, both as an accomplished Afropop blues guitarist and composer, in fact, so much so that he is set to quite possibly become a virtual legend at his craft. His predominant style is actually a combination of what is known as Desert blues and rock’n roll. The magic formula behind his successful brand of Afropop relies heavily upon a steadfastness to his native Malian music roots as well as an affinity for innovative fusion techniques involving American blues elements and other contemporary African musical touches. It is with great excitement that he collaborates with the highly acclaimed alternative rock guitarist Dave Matthews on his latest release entitled The Secret. What’s more, listeners will once again be treated to the legendary sounds of the great late Ali Farka Toure (Vieux’s father, of course) throughout the recording. Toure claims that this album successfully showcases the progressiveness of his style, as the result of an especially concentrated effort on his part to really “dig deep” into the heart of firmly entrenched Malian roots music traditions while continuing to push the more modernized genre of Afropop forward.
Even though Vieux Farka Toure had already been a rising star on the Afropop scene, it was his performance in front of the mega crowd in attendance at the 2010 World Cup soccer event that really sent his career soaring. Having had the grand fortune of exposure so early on to his father Ali’s blues style, Vieux quickly developed a strong basis from which to develop his very own unique version of blue’s Afropop. He also trained under the tutelage of the great Toumani Diabate, another strong influence, as a percussionist before turning to the guitar. Toure prides himself in being a world music diplomat of sorts, not only by successfully infusing Western music elements into his African-based sound in an effort to unite diverse cultures artistically, but also as a participant in world relief projects, such as the 2010 25th anniversary re-make of the landmark recording “We Are The World”.
This concert in Boston will feature Toure on vocals and guitar along with Mamadou Sidibe on bass, and percussionist Tim Kelper. Also appearing in addition to the trio will be Outspoken and Bongo Love bringing their own special version of spoken-word poetry and Afropop from Zimbabwe to audiences as a part of their “Speak ZimLove Tour”. So, if you’re looking for an evening of fantastic Afropop, just head on out to the Brighton Music Hall on the 24th of August.
When: August 24th, Wednesday @ 9:00 p..m.
Doors open 1 hour before the concert
Where: Brighton Music Hall
Tickets: $20.00 (Online – In advance)
More Info: 617-876-4274 OR 617-779-0140