Vieux Farka Touré

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Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré returns to Dublin to perform from his extraordinary back catalogue and his critically acclaimed new album, Les Racines.

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The Button Factory Curved Street Dublin Ireland

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Ali Farka Touré is well known as one of the most influential and talented guitarists that Africa has ever produced. His legacy and impact are hard to overstate. Ali’ssound merged his much-loved traditional Malian musical styles with distinct elements of the blues, singing in the local languages of Fulfulde, Tamasheq, Songhay and Bambara. The result was the creation of a groundbreaking new genre, now well known as the ‘desert blues’, earning him 3 Grammy awards, wide spread reverence and the nickname of the ‘African John Lee Hooker’.

Ali’s music and style has had a significant impact on countless artists and genres, demonstrated clearly via a brand new high profile collaboration between Ali’sson, Vieux Farka Touré, and chart-topping indie-jazz trio Khruangbin.

On Ali, his collaborative album with Khruangbin, Vieux pays homage to his father by recreating some of his most resonant work, putting new twists on it while maintaining the original’s integrity. The result is a rightful ode to a legend. Ali isn’t just a greatest hits compilation. It’s a lullaby, a remembrance of Ali's life through known highlights and B-sides from his catalog.

It is a testament to what happens when creativity is approached through open arms and open hearts.

“To me, music is magic, it is spontaneous, it is the energy between people,” Vieux says.
“I think Khruangbin understands this very well.” The genesis of the album dates back to 2019, when Khruangbin, coming off their breakthrough album Con Todo el Mundo, was beginning to play to bigger crowds.