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Vieux Farka Touré | Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, 7p
"Every now and then, if you're very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away." — The Independent, UK
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and KRCC have partnered to bring award-winning Malian guitarist and vocalist Vieux Farka Touré to the FAC's SaGaJi Theatre for a special concert!
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, 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 dissaproved 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.
“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)
“…original guitar music of such fluidity, technique, rhythmic invention, and passion, that it is virtually unequaled. 4 1/2 Stars out of 5″ –’The Secret’ album review, All Music (full article)
“[Vieux's] gently twisting melodic lines can acquire intensity with surprising speed, as they did on a brilliant version of “Lakkal” that left both band and audience momentarily breathless.” –Live review, LA Times (full article)
“Every now and then, if you’re very lucky, you get to witness a live performance that blows everything else away. ” –The Independent, review about Vieux’s Queen Elizabeth Hall show (full article)
“He combines the prowess of a global superstar with a down-to-earth charisma and this is a hot ticket with a down-home feel.” – Metro, London (full article download)
“Not just the “Hendrix of the Sahara” but much more besides.” – Songlines (full article download)