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9/17 Malian Blues: a family tradition

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2008

Children of musical greats often have a hard road to bear. Constantly compared to their famous parents their musical catalogs often fall far short of the family genius tree. But every so often a kid gets it right-Martha and Rufus Wainright, Femi and Seun Kuti, the inexplicable collective talent of the Marley clan and now you can add the Vieux Farka Toure to the list. The son of Malian blues man Ali Farka Touré, the multi-talented guitarist, singer and songwriter had taken up his father’s legacy in way’s even the older Toure never anticipated. Vieux’s soulful, sometimes spacey guitar work has on occasion earned him comparisons to both his father and Jimmie Hendrix. Hear the ancestral and psych rock influences that help make up Vieux’s unique sound when he plays Yoshi’s San Francisco tonight.

On his 2007 self titled debut CD, Vieux established himself as a confident and talented torchbearer of his fathers blend of Saharan and Malian blues and traditional music. And while Vieux laces his songs with flashes of jazz, rock and reggae and lends his music to remix projects like last year’s Remixed: UFO’s over Bamako, his music is full of tributes to his father and to the community of elders and advisers who influenced him. “Here in Africa, he who teaches you in life, you will follow his path,” he said during an interview following the album’s release, which also features the only recorded sessions featuring father and son. Vieux plays with a full band tonight at 8 and 10pm .-kwan

Vieux Farka Toure
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco, CA 94115

One Response to “9/17 Malian Blues: a family tradition”

  1. Engaged citizen said

    Check out what the City is doing regarding wireless technology in Oakland. Tonight, there will be a focus group in Council member Ignacio de la Fuente’s District 5
    at 5pm.

    The City has invested in conducting meetings with the community. You have to RSVP to 510) 764-2425 or email Oaklandwireless@tellusventure.com if you are attending.

    See the below announcement.

    The Office of the Mayor, Oakland City Council, and Oakland’s Department of Technology are seeking community members’ input on how city services might be enhanced by public wireless access to the Internet.

    A series of public meetings will be held in Oakland council districts over
    the coming weeks to learn how to increase public Internet access and how
    residents wish to utilize wireless broadband technology to boost public
    safety and improve the quality of life.

    The first meeting will be Councilmember Desley Brook’s District 6 public
    meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Community members wishing to
    participate should contact (510) 764-2425 or email OaklandWireless@tellusventure.com. Please see attached list for additional district meeting dates and times.

    Participants in public meetings who stay for the entire session will be
    entered into a drawing to win an iPod shuffle at the end of that session.

    In addition, a town hall meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008 at 5
    p.m. at Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.

    For more information or to RSVP, please contact (510) 764-2425 or email

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