Culture Connect Featured Event
Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981.
He is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré (1939-2006). Vieux Farka Touré started playing guitar when he was 20.
He is known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the instrument, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae.
His first performance in the United States took place at Wesleyan in February 2007.
He was one of the featured artists at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa along with Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, and others; and his recent albums have featured guests such as Toumani Diabate, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and Derek Trucks. Mr. Farka Touré's band includes Wesleyan alumni Tim Keiper '02 on drums and percussion, and Eric Herman '05 on bass.
A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.
*Date: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8pm; pre-concert talk by Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey '14 at 7:15pm