Monday, June 22, 2009
photo: Ankur Malhotra more Madison photos here
So far this has been an epic summer for Vieux Farka Touré, touring in support of his new album Fondo. Check out the recent NY Times review of his show at Highline with Blk Jks, and this amazing bit from Spin's Coverage, giving Vieux a "Best of Bonnaroo" for
"Best Unexpected Guitar Heroics: Vieux Farka Touré"
I'd heard of the young Malian singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Toure before seeing him play at Friday's African music-heavy Other stage (he's the son of well-known musician Ali Farka Toure), but I had no idea of the things he could do with an electric guitar. Whether spitting ringing clusters of notes, spilling forth with long, snaking phrases, or banging out metallic open chords, Toure, rocking a pair of black leather pants, played with a master's sense of pacing and flow and a showman's knack for knowing exactly when his Arabic-influenced songs needed a guitar goosing in order to ascend to the next level of badassitude -- and beyond --
Don't forget, Six Degrees and Jambase still have tickets to giveaway for all of Vieux's remaining shows on his current tour.
Click here for more info.
Vieux and band with famed banjo player Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabate.(photo Jon Kertzer)
more photos after the break
Tourmani Diabate and Vieux (photo Jon Kertzer)
Ashely Hollan (contest winner) and Vieux Farka Touré
Posted by Global Noize at 1:13 PM