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Vieux Farka Touré

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Time Out says

Vieux Farka Touré was born in Mali in 1981, the son of legendary guitarist Ali Farka Touré, who passed away in 2006. Despite his father's negativity about the music business because of his harsh experiences, Vieux started off on the same road thanks to family friend and kora master Tounami Diabaté. At first Vieux was a drummer and calabash musician at the National Institute for the Arts in Mali, but he started secretly playing the guitar. By that time his father was quite weak with illness, but Vieux managed to record two songs with him that appear on the younger Touré's debut album.

In 2009 Vieux released his second album, 'Fondo', where he seemed to have found his own sound: while the real roots of his father's music are still there, now he's also got new elements mixed in such as rock, Latin music and other African influences. The album was applauded by critics around the world. Since then Vieux has released more music, and now he's presenting 'Touristes' (2015), an album where he mixes various genres and where he collaborates with New York singer Julia Easterlin. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and grows his reputation as one of the most innovative and talented musicians on the planet. 


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