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Posts Tagged ‘Vieux Farka Toure’

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

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