About This Event
Often referred to as The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Tour was born in Niafunk, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Tour, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Tour came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father disapproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabat, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed and for that we are all thankful!Vieux is also the director of The Ali Farka Tour Foundation, an international organization dedicated to the preservation of Alis legacy and the cultural growth of Mali.His live performances are highly energized and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate audiences from all audiences in spite of any language barriers (though Vieux does speak 8 languages).