Vieux Farka Touré
Live Music Lantern
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear the world renown African guitarist, Vieux Farka Touré and his band play at this historic venue in Sonoma County, CA.
Often referred to as The Hendrix of the Sahara, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré 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 dissaproved 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 Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed.
Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Malis Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieuxs debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his sons talent as a musician.
This is a benefit show for LiveMusicLantern.org which provides self care in the form of live music to social service providers and educators in Sonoma County!
$30/Day of Show
Recommended for all ages
Congregation Ner Shalom
(Formerly the Cotati Cabaret)
85 La Plaza
Cotati, CA 94931