“Not just the “Hendrix of the Sahara” but much more besides.” — Songlines
Fresh off opening the World Cup and bringing down houses on 4 continents last year, Vieux Farka Touré is poised to become Africa's preeminent axe-man. Vieux Farka Touré’s career in music would never have happened if his illustrious parent, African blues legend Ali Farka Touré’s, had his way. Ali felt that the music business was a harsh place to work and preferred that Vieux enlist in the army. But young Vieux, destined for the stage, honed his skills on the guitar in secret and eventually found a mentor in Toumani Diabate, and his own talents eventually convinced the elder Farka Touré that a second generation of music prowess was inevitable.
This is music from a contemporary Africa – urban, sophisticated, globally connected but deeply proud of its ancient heritage. This is the old/new Africa that Vieux represents. Vieux’s is the music of an Africa that rocks, and yet still hears the camel’s tread in the sand. It is this unique combination of stunning guitar virtuosity and North Malian traditional roots that have prompted many critics and fans alike to dub Vieux “The Hendrix of the Sahara”.
“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
“Set to be Africa’s next guitar hero. ” — The Guardian, review about Vieux’s Queen Elizabeth Hall show
“Leaves other fine guitarists with their jaws hanging loose” — Music-News.com
“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